George Herms

Collage on panel
72 x 55 inches
183 x 140 cm


OHWOW Gallery is pleased to announce George Herms’ solo exhibition EMERGIO. With this exhibition, the artist realizes a long-standing ambition to see his customarily small-scale paper collages blown-up 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 Angeles, 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 Gallery.

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

Sep 14 - Oct 26, 2013

937 N. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069