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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

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 Long Moment – Michael Hermesh

The Long Moment by Michael Hermesh

The personal significance of this piece came to me as a compete surprise.

I was sculpting with the intent of exploring the theme of father and son. I came to realize that what I was sculpting was actually an exact moment in my past, a very vivid memory. I grew up in small town Saskatchewan, my father used to leave for longer periods to work in the north, one day about a week before Christmas my father was again on his way out the front door, I was sitting on the floor looking up at him when I had the strong thought; “pay attention and remember your father because you may never see him again.” He was dead soon after.

I also became conscious that I am now roughly the age of my father at that time. I realized that as I was sculpting my father I was to some extant doing a self-portrait. That father and child are both part of who I am now. The moment is with me always.

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 |
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The Bread Crumb Man – Michael Hermesh

The Bread Crumb Man by Michael Hermesh – Preview; There Are No Secrets

This sculpture was a strong influence on his selection of a title and theme for his show. In this work there is a man wearing a tweed coat and carrying a briefcase. At his feet are trees bent to the wind. This sculpture is 25.5 inches high by 6 inches wide and deep.

Art is in part the mapping out of dream time. These maps are not as solid and as concrete as the directions you may follow on a GPS. In our own personal dream time our bread crumbs of truth are picked up and tucked away by an entity we consider not to be ourselves.

I do not sculpt to illustrate stories or ideas; the narrative attached to a piece always comes while sculpting it or after the piece is finished.

 As we go through life we have the feeling that there is a way back. Somehow we have the possibility to return to where we were before. Like Hansel and Gretel in the woods we drop crumbs. We take pictures, save mementos, create memories, and as we travel through life, behind us, the Bread Crumb Man picks up the crumbs and puts them in his suitcase. The Breadcrumb man may be a thief.

Michael Hermesh

The Bread Crumb Man by Michael Hermesh

Ceramic; 25.5 inches x 6 x 6 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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