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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

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

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

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 |
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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 |

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.