Since the ’50s, George Herms has created work across several disciplines, though he is most widely recognized for his collages and found object sculptures. One of the founding members of the California Assemblage movement (alongside Wallace Berman, Bruce Conner, and Jess), he is also associated with the Semina group, Beat generation poets, and with contributing to the development of the West Coast Aesthetic. Influenced by poetry and jazz, Herms transforms weatherworn, battered, and discarded materials into poetic sculptures and collages. His works assign new connotations to basic objects and orthodox materials, capitalizing on the expansive nature of assemblage.
George Herms (b. 1935, Woodland, CA) lives and works in Irvine, CA. He received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1955. His work has 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 Rome Prize 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 Angeles, CA; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.