TimeGallery will open c 4:30PM to see show in advance.
Artist’s Talk: James Herman
James Herman to Present a Free Artist’s Talk the Art Garage: Thurs. June 13 at 5PM
As part of its public program offered in concert with the exhibition, Post Nature: our natural world at risk, the Art Garage is hosting a free Artist’s Talk Thursday June 13 at 5PM, featuring artist James Herman, Hartwick, NY.
The gallery will open at 4:30PM.
Robert Seward, professor emeritus of Tokyo University, will moderate. Reservations highly recommended as the seats fill up quickly.
Post Natureis a two-bay, two-person show at 689 Beaver Meadow Road. Both artists, Sarah Draney (Hudson Valley area) and James Gregg Herman (Cooperstown area) use elements collected from their local environments – bark, twigs, thorns, seedpods and more–repurposed into elegant, fragile constructions. Herman also uses photography to create stunning pieces. The show continues through Saturday June 29. Sarah Draney will discuss her work at 3PM Saturday June 29; and @Dzeli will offer a two-hour Grief Ritual workshop the evening of June 15 (preregistration required.)
ABOUT JAMES HERMAN: James Gregg Herman’s practice encompasses fine art and design. He has exhibited his paintings and sculpture in New York City and Europe. The New York Times featured and reviewed his patented Champagne Stool design. His work is in numerous private & corporate collections. Born in Wichita, Kansas, he grew up in Saint Joseph, Missouri, studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and earned his MFA (painting) at the University of Oregon. After a teaching stint, Mr. Herman moved to Tribeca, NY in 1974, where he maintained his art studio until a permanent move Upstate in 2010, with his wife, painter Lillian Voorhees. Prior to the move he was commuting, and had already become involved in local Upstate issues, including fracking awareness. He helped found Sustainable Otsego. His ongoing research and educational outreach about fracking earned him the Otsego County Conservation Association designation, Conservationist of the Year, in 2010. Mr. Herman’s self-described “peripatetic art career” encompasses product development for art manufacturers, technical lectures on color, a studio assistant position for Malcolm Morley, and architectural illustration work for Robert A.M. Stern. His virtuosity encompasses a broad range of art disciplines. Daily walks around his Hartwick property inform his artistic choices. He collects his materials mostly from local sources. Though ample, his studio leaves one just enough room to maneuver around a plethora of tools, branches and wood slabs — and objects not yet realized. About his recent Post Naturework, he noted, “Bark shards bring our attention to things we usually throw away or burn— they are “nature’s pottery shards.” In some pieces, he carefully highlights bark patterns with paint “to reveal the tree’s growth in ways that suggest pictorial structure. One can imagine them as abstract paintings,” Herman suggested, “ or simply what they are; a commonplace beauty revealed.” In other pieces everyday materials such as thorns take on a threatening aspect “that reflects the ecological crises that we all are facing.” His works range from a larger than life walnut sculpture, to diminutive marked forked twigs, to photographic works of “engraved” winter-crushed grass.
The show and season are dedicated to the memory of arts educator, Amy Brooks Snider, Pratt Institute professor emerita, Art Garage friend, aficionado and guest moderator for artist talks. Dr. Snider, who died unexpectedly this winter, particularly advocated that Sarah Draney’s work be exhibited at The Art Garage. She sensed a keen affinity between the artist’s works and the gallery venue. Dr. Snider lived in Brooklyn. She owned a summer home outside Schenevus, and made many local friends.
The gallery is open Saturdays 10AM-1PM and daily by appointment, simply call/text 315-941-9607, call 607-547-5327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no admission charge. Images of selected works can be seen at FB/ArtGarageCooperstown.