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American Crawl – Flight Series

Flight Series:

Many of Michael’s works explore the concept flight. It is a recurring theme in many of his sculptures, drawings and paintings. This first gallery includes a newly released painting called American Crawl. It is an 8 x 10 inch acrylic on panel painting that depicts a man swimming in the aether.

This second gallery contains a few more conceptual drawings with the recurring theme of flight. These have all been done in the last year!

This final gallery contains a few paintings, drawings and sculptures that explore this same concept of flight.

Flight Series: Three thoughts about flying:

The most terrifying feat a person can commit is an act of pure creativity. It should never be confused with acts committed upon us that are beyond our control such as; tortured homelessness, starvation and rampant climate destabilization. While creativity is not beyond our control it definitely has no certainty of outcome… such as death.

Flight is a perfect metaphor for my art as a whole. The boundless freedom of the soul is given the opportunity of meaning by the weight of flesh.

My first introduction to flight as a child was not running outside to the sound of an airplane and watching in amazement – though I am of an age and a geographical region where that certainly could be true. My first awakening to flight was in lucid dreams, it was a reality more real than the agreed upon. I flew – I had rules which governed my freedom and whether mine or someone else’s they did not lessen the joy.

In reflection, I believe reality is bounded by the contracts we make, and just as our prisons are defined by our bars so are our freedoms.

Michael Hermesh

 

The Persistence of Nature – Michael Hermesh

This is a new painting by Michael Hermesh titled “The Persistence of Nature”.  We have included quite a few detail shots with this work because it has a lot of detail within it. There are many narratives happening all at once that combine to make the whole of what Michael Hermesh is trying to say with this work. It is an acrylic mixed media painting that uses gesso and graphite for some of the details. There are many layers of glaze on this work. It measures 37.75 inches by 15.75 inches and is framed to in a natural wood finish frame to 39 inches by 17 inches. SOLD

Available at the Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2
phone: 604.732.5353 toll free: 1.888.732.5353

 

In some remote corner of the universe, poured out and glittering in innumerable solar systems,
there once was a star on which clever animals invented knowledge. That was the highest and most mendacious minute of “world history”—yet only a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths the star grew cold, and the clever animals had to die.

One might invent such a fable and still not have illustrated sufficiently how wretched, how shadowy and flighty, how aimless and arbitrary, the human intellect appears in nature. There have been eternities when it did not exist; and when it is done for again, nothing will have happened.

Frederich Nietzsche

Happiness is dependent on meaning. Neither meaning or happiness are dependent on circumstance.
As the world changes – what keeps us together is not the persistent remnants of circumstance but the transcendency of meaning.

Right now the most powerful things we can do is to fight to protect the environment and to protect the commons. Our greatest enemy is nihilism.

(The significance contained in my art comes about in a largely spontaneous way.  I am a poor illustrator of bumper sticker slogans. I would consider that a post modern trait.  I am a fan of the mad visionary school.)

Michael Hermesh

Michael Hermesh ~ Terroir: Physically Speaking – Opens March 22, 2013

Terroir: Physically Speaking

March 22 to May 12, 2013  at the

Penticton Art Gallery

 199 Marina Way,
 Penticton, BC V2A 1H3
 Phone: 250.493.2928

This is a group show that includes Stephan Bircher, Rose Braun, Michael Hermesh, Wanda Lock, Shauna Oddleifson, and Johann Wessels

 This show will featured some New Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings by Michael Hermesh

 

Artist’s Statement

“Physically Speaking” is what figurative art is all about. A huge part of what we know about people is derived from their physical demeanor. Anatomy is psychology, psychology is spirit. My underlying exploration in art is creativity. Without creativity I do not believe the word spirit has any meaning at all. Creativity is a word who’s definition I am hung up on. What creativity is not; is the ability to combine disconnected ideas yielding something new, or random flamboyance, or loud incompetence,  or madness. Creation is an act of magic. The production of something that did not exist before – much like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

The idea of creativity is a revolt against a mechanistic universe. Something happens in an act of creation that is not cause and effect. That’s the whole point. To “Create” according to Marion Webster  – is to bring into existence. As the macro – so the micro, who created the creator? Without creativity, concepts that would be rendered meaningless are not hard to find. for example; personal responsibility, philosophical meaning, or the idea that art as anything other than a bumper sticker for a meme  Creativity is a beauty that shines through everything. It is the “Higgs Boson” of the spirit. Creative spirit, and the body are as beautiful as they are mystical.

Michael Hermesh

Exhibition Tour ~ 1 PM Saturday March 23

Michael Hermesh Artist Talk ~ Wednesday March 27th, 2012 ~ 2 PM

Show runs through till May 12, 2012

 Artist Talk (Meet the Artist): Wednesday, March 27th @ 2pm

It Ain’t About You and It Ain’t About Death – Michael Hermesh

What if it’s all just a joke?

Michael Hermesh

It Ain’t About You and It Ain’t About Death by Michael Hermesh

Mixed Media Diptych on Board; 47.5 x 57.5 inches

There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
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Snakes and Angels – Michael Hermesh

Snakes and Angels by Michael Hermesh

Diptych Mixed Media on Board
19.5 x 48 inches and 19.5 x 10 inches

This mixed media acrylic on board painting by Michael Hermesh depicts row of male entities standing with their legs wide apart. There is no indication of why they are standing in this pose but there is a separation between them and the next panel. In that separation we see a cherub floating towards them. The second panel has a lone entity standing in the same position as the others with two barely seen snakes coiled at his feet. The narrative of this work is obscure and unclear yet it seems to remind us vaguely of a story from our childhood.

Snakes exist – as do Angels; at least in a metaphorical sense. They are the characters of our own personal mythology. This mythology is part of a game where we either take responsibility for the rules or hand the rules over to a committee. Taking responsibility is a big part of being alive.

There is a faith that I subscribe to – “The universe is ultimately beautiful and meaningful”. Without this assumption I could not produce art. The basis for this belief is my understanding that a scientific theory, if true, is beautiful. This extrapolates to the idea that a meaningless universe would be ugly and inconsistent.

Michael Hermesh

Snakes and Angels by Michael Hermesh

There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |

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The Gyre – Michael Hermesh

The Gyre by Michael Hermesh

Acrylic on Board; 37.5 inches by 47.5 inches
There Are No Secrets,
November 8th to 29, 2012, Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue, Vancouver BC V6J 1R2,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |
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One of the major strengths in Michael’s art is his ability to impart narrative in a way that completely connects with each and every viewer. The Gyre by Michael Hermesh is one of his strongest examples of this talent because there are so many narratives going on within the entire painting. As a whole the work is cohesive and stunning with it’s impact. Then the viewer is completely pulled into the painting and continually discovering new and hidden gems of narrative in a way that the painting becomes mesmerizing. There are a thousand stories here just waiting to be discovered and a thousand unanswered questions. It’s up to the viewer to discover the essence of what this work means to them and for each person it will be entirely different.

The Gyre by Michael Hermesh is regarded by the artist’s peers as one of his most powerful works to date. A close friend suggested that this poem was a strong companion to the piece.

 

 

“TURNING and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.”

from “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats