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.
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
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,
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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
Michael and Carol Hermesh have collaborated on the “There are no Secrets – The Preview show. Carol Hermesh has been hard at work photographing and printing pictures of the work that is slated for Michael Hermesh’s upcoming show in Vancouver. Her show “There are No Secrets – the Preview” will open September 17th in Vernon. You can see the full show by clicking HERE.
September 17th to October 18th
Bean to Brew Coffee House
3202 31st Ave., Vernon BC