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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 Flight Suite – Michael Hermesh

The Flight Suite, Michael Hermesh

The Flight Suite are a set of three smallish sculptures that will be revealed today at the White Rock Gallery’s December 2,2012 Winter Open House from Noon to 5PM. The first sculpture of a child flying a paper airplane is called Fly Now and is made of ceramic and paper is 12.5 inches tall. The second piece is the “Again, I Dreamt I Could Fly Again, which is a ceramic work that is 14.5 inches tall. The last work in this small series is the “Parachute Man”. A ceramic sculpture on a wood base that is 74 inches tall. The figure in this work is 8.5 inches tall.

 

The three pieces “Fly Now”, “Again, I Dreamt I could Fly Again”, and “Parachute man”
are 3 pieces done specifically for the White Rock Winter Open House, Sunday December 2 2012 Noon to 5 PM.

That they were a cohesive whole did not occur to me till I realized the commonality of the fight theme.

They are a cohesive narrative , not so much because they are 3 panels in a story board, though that would also work . Our relation ship to flying changes as we get older, in the end parachutes sturdy enough to carry the weight of baggage in a return journey to solid ground become a concern. And in the beginning we fly for the sake of flight.

Three thoughts about flying

  1. The most terrifying act a person can commit is an act of pure creativity. This is not to be confused with acts committed upon us, tortured homelessness, starvation and rampant climate destabilization are not swell to be sure, but they may be beyond our control, creativity is not. But it has no certainty of outcome… such as death .
  2. Flight is a perfect metaphor for my art as a whole. The boundless freedom of the soul is given the freedom of meaning by the weight of flesh.
  3. My first introduction to fight 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 introduction to flight was lucid dreams, it was reality more real than the agreed upon. I flew – I had rules which governed my freedom, 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

Also available at this show are “Dog”. This is a 59.5 inch mixed media sculpture (ceramic, acrylic and metal) and a “Maquette for Calgary Zoo Proposal” that is 5.5 inches high.

We Become Who We Are (Two Fates and a Certainty) – Michael Hermesh

 We Become Who We Are (Two Fates and a Certainty) – Michael Hermesh

This may be a small sculpture – but it speaks volumes to many people. There are six figures in all in this ceramic work by Michael Hermesh. There are three men in suits and wearing hats, each supporting a child or the “Two Fates and a Certainty” The sculpture is 15.75 inches high by 9 inches wide by 5 inches deep. SOLD

In an un-examined life we are prisoners to our own intentions. Some people know what they want to be when they are very very young, but I would consider that being aware. Some people don’t know what they want to be but I would just consider that searching.

Michael Hermesh

We Become Who We Are (Two Fates and a Certainty) by Michael Hermesh

Ceramic; 15.75 inches x 9 x 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 |

Mocking Bird in an Orange Bush – Michael Hermesh

Mocking Bird in an Orange Bush by Michael Hermesh

This is the only bronze sculpture in Michael Hermesh’s show “There are No Secrets” It is an edition of twelve and this work comes with it’s own indoor outdoor base made of steel. The patina on the sculpture is a french brown and the steel base has been finished with a rust patina. It is 49 inches tall by 28.5 inches wide and 20.5 inches deep.

A man going about his day has come across a mystery. Setting down his suitcase he pays attention and is observed in return. For this period of time at least he departs from his script and becomes alive.

Michael Hermesh

 

Mocking Bird in an Orange Bush by Michael Hermesh

Bronze and Steel; 49 inches x 28.5 x 20.5 inches Edition of 12
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 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 Hat Box Man – Michael Hermesh

The Hat Box Man – Michael Hermesh:

The Hat Box Man is the tallest of the sculptures in Michael Hermesh’s “There Are No Secrets” Show. I’ve photographed it with Michael in the picture so that you can get an idea of the scale of the work. Michael Hermesh is 5’10” tall. SOLD

The Hat Box Man is the person who supplies hats to dreamers when required. Every night he runs from dream to dream delivering them and every morning he packs them up and takes them away.

 Michael  Hermesh

The Hat Box Man by Michael Hermesh

Ceramic and Steel; 120.5 inches x 25.25 x 14.25 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 |

 

Separate Freedoms – Michael Hermesh

Separate Freedoms – Michael Hermesh – Preview There Are No Secrets

This sculpture has two sets of stairs in it. At the top of one set of stairs is a fully clothed male and at the top of the second set of stairs there is a nude male. This sculpture by Michael Hermesh is a mobile in that each figure can turn  to face various directions. It is 22 inches high by 10 inches wide and 5 inches deep.

 

Separate Freedoms by Michael Hermesh

Ceramic; 22 x 10 x 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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There are no Secrets – The Preview Show – Michael and Carol Hermesh

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.

There are no Secrets – The Preview

September 17th to October 18th
Bean to Brew Coffee House
3202 31st Ave., Vernon BC

 

The Hat Box Man - Michael and Carol Hermesh

The Hat Box Man