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
- 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 .
- 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.
- 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.
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.