Everyone into the Pool!
"A perfect metaphor for an artistic act," muses Michael Hermesh, "is diving from a diving board without being sure what is in the pool. Sometimes it is a 10-point dive, sometimes it is a failure. I was 15 when I saw the film Woodstock, and I left the theater in tears. My takeaway was that the coming together for purely aesthetic reasons was an indicator of the power and meaning of aesthetics, and the realization that without aesthetics my life was a void. That certainty has never left me – but it was tempered by self-doubt." Throughout his early working life, Michael never stopped making art, though he did have two different careers – ticketed as a chef and a cabinet maker. "I finally went back to art full time after taking a business course intending to do something with furniture design and was told by
left, Eternity, acrylic on panel, 12" x 16" above, Lost in the Real World, acrylic on panel, 19.25" x 20.25"