Roots in abstract expressionism
the sculptor with scissors and glue
works with found images.
Enlarge and dance, with mirror and smoke
the jazz rhythms of a Bach fugue
begin to appear.
- George Herms, June 3, 2013
OHWOW is pleased to announce George Herms' solo exhibition EMERGIO, on view from September 14 through October 26 at 937 North La Cienega Boulevard. In this show, the artist realizes a longstanding ambition to see his customarily small-scale paper collages blownup to a magnified proportion. The increased dimension of this new work exemplifies his discriminate control of the medium and furthers the potency of its abstract imagery.
With ten large pieces on wood panels, Herms changes the semblance of his source material (page clippings of discarded women's fashion magazines), which he normally collages directly at scale. Here, as seen with ZEITGEIST BANDWAGON, he expands the content beyond its original scope by printing enlargements of the cutout sections, resulting in amplified and enigmatic versions of his amorphic, two-dimensional inventions. In addition to this new series, Herms will include several sculptures that span from 1980 until now. These three-dimensional pieces highlight the course of his practice, as they also inform the quantum transitions from sculptural to collapsed, bridged by his work. EMERGIO reveals the progression of the artist's formative dialogue, his prolific career, and why he continues to influence contemporary artists, today.
Since the 40s, George Herms has created work across several disciplines, but he is most widely recognized for his collages and found object sculptures. Historically, his work is associated with the California assemblage movement, the Semina artist circle, and with contributing to the development of the West Coast aesthetic. Herms' work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.
He has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Sculpture; the Prix de Rome Fellowship in Sculpture from the American Academy in Rome; the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award; and was a visiting scholar at the Getty Research Institute. His work is included in public collections at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; the Menil Collection, Houston, TX; the Hammer Museum, Los Angles, CA; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA. George Herms (b. 1935, Woodland, CA) currently lives and works in Irvine, CA. EMERGIO is his first solo exhibition with OHWOW.
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