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she was an animist – Michael Hermesh

she was an animist

***UPDATE:  This work is currently available at the White Rock Gallery***

 1247 Johnston Road White Rock, BC, CANADA V4B 3Y9

Telephone:  604.538.4452  Toll-Free:  1.877.974.4278

This is the second of the five brand new works that premiered at the Penticton Art Gallery for the group show called Terroir: Physically Speaking. It is ceramic sculpture that is about 23 inches tall by 13.75 inches wide and 5.25 inches deep and is titled “She was an Animist”.

I do not have a clue about how the universe is put together but I very much doubt it is put
together as a spiritual hierarchy. The idea of animism – where all things are treated with the respect due a spiritual entity does not seem like such a bad operating principal though. I love the idea that a rock exists because it wants to.

Michael Hermesh

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 BircherRose BraunMichael HermeshWanda LockShauna Oddleifson, and Johann Wessels

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

Flight School for Existentialists – Michael Hermesh

Flight School for Existentialists

This is one of the five brand new works that will be going into the Penticton Art Gallery for the group show called Terroir: Physically Speaking. It is  ceramic sculpture that is about 14 inches tall by 13.75 inches wide and 5 inches deep and is titled “Flight for Existentialists”. The theme is also brought out in the two main materials used, with the ephemera of the feather material  juxtaposed against solidity and weight of the ceramic and the distortion of scale in the weight being given to the lower extremities and the opposite to the upper torso.

 There is a consistent theme in my work in that much of my sculpture concerns itself with the dichotomy of weight and flight. It is a  kind of Led Zeppelin, Iron Butterfly, Icarus dilemma. It is a universal concern and we face it alone. We also experience it in the context of the shared stories that are our identities.

Michael Hermesh

Terroir: Physically Speaking

Opening March 22, 2013 7pm at the

Penticton Art Gallery

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

This is a group show that includes Stephan BircherRose BraunMichael HermeshWanda LockShauna Oddleifson, and Johann Wessels

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

This Sculpture is now available at the

Petley Jones Gallery

1554 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver BC
CANADA V6J 1R2

Telephone:

604.732.5353

Toll-Free:

1.888.732.5353

Please direct all sales inquiries for these works to Petley Jones Gallery.

I Dream’t I Could Fly Again (Angel)

This is a brand new arrival at the Lloyd Gallery! It’s a ceramic work that Michael Hermesh just finished today. It is 20.5 inches high, 13 inches wide and  8.5 inches deep. It is the first full size work in Michael Hermesh’s new Flight Suite 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

God Picks Winners – Michael Hermesh

God Pick Winners by Michael Hermesh

This sculpture is made of plaster and steel and is 37.5 inches high by 13 x 13 wide and deep. It is a little outside the norm of Michael Hermesh’s work given that he has an abhorrence of violence and guns in general. It’s strength is in its statement – God Picks Winners.

When we try to control, censor, censure, or destroy artists – we lose. If the arts are ignored, the result is not that images and thoughts disappear – they continue. We are not short of aesthetic objects; the shelves are lined with them. Corporate logos such as the culturally neutered Inukshuk abound. Mindless flags, corporate imagery, and self-aggrandizement become high art. We light the void with soulless enthusiasm; there is so much to market and so little to value. We all live near what has become the one of the world’s largest art galleries – Walmart.

The Primary function of art is not to aggrandize, amuse, educate or direct. Art is to be lived. The value is found in a vibrant culture worth living in.

The living soul of the “Arts” is provided by the individual artist and not by committees or by the corporations.

Aesthetics will never go away – but they may become obscene.

Michael Hermesh

God Picks Winners by Michael Hermesh

Plaster with Steel Armature; 37.5 inches x 13 x 13 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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The Undeniable Bravery of Your Average Balloonist – Michael Hermesh

The Undeniable Bravery of Your Average Balloonist by Michael Hermesh

This fabulous figurative mixed media sculpture by Michael Hermesh is 35 inches tall by eight inches wide and deep. The balloon adds still more height on its piano wire perch. Almost a mobile because the Balloon will move as you walk by or stir the air around it this work is available in a bronze version as well as the ceramic original. The ceramic original has a steel armature in the arm in order to support the balloon. The bronze version has a much more complex base.

Ceramic Version:

SOLD at The Avenue Gallery in Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC

 

Bronze Version:

Available at The White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC

The balloonist stands on a towering precipice ready to fall or take flight. This is a jumping off point, the leap of faith that is creativity. The visual language that is used here is a tower. In other pieces I have used a diving board with similar intent. The opposite of these visual symbols would be a bridge – where a person uses it to change his location or circumstance with a predetermined outcome. While Religions tend to prefer the imagery of bridges, I believe that artists like diving boards.

An argument could be made that creativity is the most frightening of all activities because the outcome is always a mystery. At the same time creativity is an integral part of a sane life. The unexpectedness and non-linearity of creativity makes us fools. That’s a good thing.

Michael Hermesh

The Flight Suite – Michael Hermesh

The Flight Suite, Michael Hermesh

The Flight Suite are a set of three smallish sculptures that will be revealed today at the White Rock Gallery’s December 2,2012 Winter Open House from Noon to 5PM. The first sculpture of a child flying a paper airplane is called Fly Now and is made of ceramic and paper is 12.5 inches tall. The second piece is the “Again, I Dreamt I Could Fly Again, which is a ceramic work that is 14.5 inches tall. The last work in this small series is the “Parachute Man”. A ceramic sculpture on a wood base that is 74 inches tall. The figure in this work is 8.5 inches tall.

 

The three pieces “Fly Now”, “Again, I Dreamt I could Fly Again”, and “Parachute man”
are 3 pieces done specifically for the White Rock Winter Open House, Sunday December 2 2012 Noon to 5 PM.

That they were a cohesive whole did not occur to me till I realized the commonality of the fight theme.

They are a cohesive narrative , not so much because they are 3 panels in a story board, though that would also work . Our relation ship to flying changes as we get older, in the end parachutes sturdy enough to carry the weight of baggage in a return journey to solid ground become a concern. And in the beginning we fly for the sake of flight.

Three thoughts about flying

  1. The most terrifying act a person can commit is an act of pure creativity. This is not to be confused with acts committed upon us, tortured homelessness, starvation and rampant climate destabilization are not swell to be sure, but they may be beyond our control, creativity is not. But it has no certainty of outcome… such as death .
  2. Flight is a perfect metaphor for my art as a whole. The boundless freedom of the soul is given the freedom of meaning by the weight of flesh.
  3. My first introduction to fight 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 introduction to flight was lucid dreams, it was reality more real than the agreed upon. I flew – I had rules which governed my freedom, 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

Also available at this show are “Dog”. This is a 59.5 inch mixed media sculpture (ceramic, acrylic and metal) and a “Maquette for Calgary Zoo Proposal” that is 5.5 inches high.

We Become Who We Are (Two Fates and a Certainty) – Michael Hermesh

 We Become Who We Are (Two Fates and a Certainty) – Michael Hermesh

This may be a small sculpture – but it speaks volumes to many people. There are six figures in all in this ceramic work by Michael Hermesh. There are three men in suits and wearing hats, each supporting a child or the “Two Fates and a Certainty” The sculpture is 15.75 inches high by 9 inches wide by 5 inches deep. SOLD

In an un-examined life we are prisoners to our own intentions. Some people know what they want to be when they are very very young, but I would consider that being aware. Some people don’t know what they want to be but I would just consider that searching.

Michael Hermesh

We Become Who We Are (Two Fates and a Certainty) by Michael Hermesh

Ceramic; 15.75 inches x 9 x 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 |

Mocking Bird in an Orange Bush – Michael Hermesh

Mocking Bird in an Orange Bush by Michael Hermesh

This is the only bronze sculpture in Michael Hermesh’s show “There are No Secrets” It is an edition of twelve and this work comes with it’s own indoor outdoor base made of steel. The patina on the sculpture is a french brown and the steel base has been finished with a rust patina. It is 49 inches tall by 28.5 inches wide and 20.5 inches deep.

A man going about his day has come across a mystery. Setting down his suitcase he pays attention and is observed in return. For this period of time at least he departs from his script and becomes alive.

Michael Hermesh

 

Mocking Bird in an Orange Bush by Michael Hermesh

Bronze and Steel; 49 inches x 28.5 x 20.5 inches Edition of 12
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 Singers – Michael Hermesh

The Singers by Michael Hermesh

This sculpture by Michael Hermesh has three fully turning figures that are all enraptured with their song. Sometimes they face inward and enjoy their music among themselves or sometimes they choose to face outward so that they can sing for an audience. It is made of ceramic and plaster with a beautiful white waxed finish to it. It is 26 inches high by 13.25 inches wide by seven inches deep. It also has an unusual triangular base. SOLD

Our identities are not contained within a single entity. We are part of a choir that is part of the “who” of whom we are.

Michael Hermesh

The Singers by Michael Hermesh

Ceramic and Plaster; 26 inches x 13.25 x 17 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 |
email

The Icon – Michael Hermesh

The Icon I by Michael Hermesh

This sculpture by Michael Hermesh is a study of the male nude form.   Made of plaster and with a steel armature this work can go outside if the base is duplicated in steel or concrete.   It is a mobile that can turn and face any direction. SOLD

Anatomy and psychology are one and the same to a sculptor in so much that anatomy is the only words that he can use in the real world.This piece is about strength, but more so the strength in the design and spirit of the youthful power. This is the same strength born of adversity if mortality is factored into the equation.

But sometimes a sexy butt is just that…. a sexy butt.

 Michael Hermesh

The Icon I by Michael Hermesh

Mobile, Plaster with Steel Armature; 76.5 inches x 25 x 25 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 |