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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

The Weight of Light – Michael Hermesh

The Weight of Light by Michael Hermesh;

“The Weight of Light” by Michael Hermesh is 27 inches tall by, 7 inches wide and 7 inches deep. It depicts a child standing on a drum and carrying a large fish. This work is currently on display at the Ruby Blues Winery, 917 Naramata Road in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. Make sure you stop in and see Prudence and the gang and do some tasting of their wonderful wines!

One of the things that an artist is … Is a creator of the peoples narrative.

Not that it’s propaganda for any particular narrative but it’s a statement that there is a more profound narrative than corporate narrative. Narrative is the responsibility of  the individual. This may be practice for the time when the only crimes possible are memory and story. Smiley faces for everyone!

Michael Hermesh

New Work – The Weight of Light by Michael Hermesh

 

Sadly we announce the closing of the group show: Terroir: Physically Speaking at the Penticton Art Gallery. The show was very well received with many people enjoying visiting the gallery to check out the work of the six artist involved. The  Exhibition tour and the Meet the artist talks were also very well attended. If you missed the show the Shaw TV video interview with Michael Hermesh and Wanda Lock is still available for you to have a look at.

 

The second interview is has an interview with two of the other Terroir; Physically Speaking artists
Johann Wessels and Stephan Bircher

The Inner Life of Birds – Michael Hermesh

This brand new work by Michael Hermesh premiered at the Penticton Art Gallery’s Terroir: Physically Speaking show March 22nd through to May 12, 2013. This along with several of his other sculptures, paintings and drawings were extremely well received. You can view his full contribution to the show on the post Terroir: Physically Speaking.

The Inner Life of Birds is a ceramic work that is 37.5 inches tall by almost 7 inches wide by 8.5 inches deep. The feathers are also ceramic. This is one of Michael Hermesh’s larger ceramic works and it has a solid presence in any circumstance. It presents well on it’s own or next to other works. This work will be available at the Petley Jones Gallery for the South Granville Art Walk on June 22, 2013. This is a one day affair where 15 different participating  Art Galleries will be having special events.

Petley Jones Gallery 

1554 W 6th Ave Vancouver, BC V6J 1R2
(604) 732-5353
 

For more information on the South Granville Art  Walk click here

 

“The Inner Life of Birds” has an earthbound body.
The tragedy is not that this work is earthbound and cannot fly. The tragedy would be if flight no longer had meaning. We become our desires though we don’t all  get to become super hero’s like “The Inner Life of Birds”. However we do  become conscious of our own tragedies

Like Sisyphus we have a tale to tell of endeavor which becomes transcendent.

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

Forever – Michael Hermesh

Forever (The Problem with Forever is that it Ain’t Right Now)

This is the fourth of the six brand new works by Michael Hermesh that will be going into the Penticton Art Gallery for the group show called Terroir: Physically Speaking. It is ceramic sculpture that is about 37.5 inches tall by 6.75 inches wide and 8.5 inches deep and is titled “Forever (The Problem with Forever is that it Ain’t Right Now)”. The human figure of this is work originally appeared on HGTV’s The Stagers as the sculpture “Life in a Time of Joy”. The addition of the wolf and the new base has made this work an entirely new sculpture.

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

Gratuitous Bailee – Michael Hermesh

Gratuitous Bailee by Michael Hermesh

(With A Nod to Gerhard Richter)

***UPDATE:  This work was SOLD by 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 another one of the  sculptures that premiered at the Penticton Art Gallery for the group show called Terroir: Physically Speaking. It is a plaster sculpture that is about 67.5 inches tall by 12 inches wide and 12 inches deep on it’s plinth. There are two of these and it is titled “Gratuitous Bailee” The heads are taken from the mold for the bronze cast of Frank the Baggage Handler. The space between the sculptures is as important as the sculptures themselves.

We’ve had a little fun with these photos.

 Definition: A bailment in which the bailee accepts personal property without expecting compensation. For example, a gratuitous bailment is created when a bailee borrows a bailor’s property. In gratuitous bailments, the bailee is liable to the bailor for the loss of or damage to the property only if it was caused by the bailee’s gross negligence.

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Terroir: Physically Speaking

Michael Hermesh

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

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 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 |

Human To A Fault – Michael Hermesh

Human to a Fault by Michael Hermesh – Preview – There are No Secrets:

Human to a Fault by Michael Hermesh is one of those sculptures that stands on its own merit. Each and every viewer will get something entirely different as to what the sculpture is about and define it by their own personal experiences in life. This work is simply a man standing alone with a hat in one hand and a happy face mask in the other hand. His facial expression speaks volumes. The straps on the mask are made of Kangaroo Leather. Human to a Fault is 27 inches high by 5.5 and 5.75 inches wide and deep. SOLD

power is the promotion of narrative;

narrative is power

“I’m just a victim of my art”

Michael Hermesh

The Long Moment 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 |

 

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,
p: (604) 732 5353 | toll free: 1 888 732 5353 | f: (604) 732 5350 |
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