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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

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

Pamphleteer’s Holiday – Michael Hermesh

Pamphleteer’s Holiday by Michael Hermesh

***UPDATE:  This work is currently available at the Avenue Gallery***

 2184 Oak bay Avenue, Victoria, BC, CANADA V8R 1G3

Telephone:  250.598.2184  Toll-Free:  1.844.598.2184

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.

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.

The Narrators’ Dance – Michael Hermesh

Michael Hermesh has been working on this sculpture off and on for about two months now. Finally he is beginning to see the end of it as it nears completion. The actual figures without the base are 53 inches tall and are mobile so the dynamic of the work changes as the viewer rotates the figures. The width of the sculpture is 27 inches.