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
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.
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.)
Terroir: Physically Speaking
March 22 to May 12, 2013 at the
Penticton Art Gallery199 Marina Way, Penticton, BC V2A 1H3 Phone: 250.493.2928
This show will featured some New Sculpture, Paintings and Drawings by Michael Hermesh
“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.
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
Pamphleteer’s Holiday by Michael Hermesh
***UPDATE: This work is currently available at the Avenue Gallery***
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This is the Third 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 9.5 inches tall by 10.5 inches wide and 6.5 inches deep and is titled “Pamphleteer’s Holiday”
Identity plays a large part in my art in so much as I consider all art to be narrative in terms of subject,
the viewer, or the message. A narrative without identity is at best a cold irrelevant equation. That being said a happy face is a generic idea of happiness without the messy encumbrances of humanity. Joy as a product is as rampant as it is vapid. Self abnegation is a by product of the propaganda of joy. Service to an economic cause is a mask that hides an emptiness of spirit.