GEORGE HYMAS: Spontaneous & Deliberate
George Hymas at the Art Garage 8/7/20: Two-Week Summer-Solo Pop-Up
Cooperstown, NY – The Art Garage will launch an August Summer-Solo Pop-Up series of two-week shows on Friday August 7, 4-7PM in its airy Middle Bay gallery, 689 Beaver Meadow Road, Cooperstown. The opening show will feature self-taught Pierstown artist, George Hymas in George Hymas: Spontaneous & Deliberate in a gallery that is wide open when the garage door is up. His visionary colorful sculpture is created from castoffs including construction-site debris, twisted trees, spent bullets and even discarded shoes, all repurposed. These found objects are embellished with patterns that often reflect his interest in early man. His works on paper include drawings on unused coffee-filters. A creative polymath, “In a world awash with [our] castoff consumer items, I seek to re-purpose them to bring a bit of joy and laughter, especially to our presently self-distanced, quarantined Covid-19 way of life, ” he noted. He is also known for his marionettes created for Franklin Stage Theater several years ago, featured in their Midsummer Night’s Dream production.
Hymas grew up on Staten Island, influenced by family artisans and artists: boat builders, sculptors and ‘wood smiths.’ A “proud New Yorker,” early in his professional career he was a technical illustrator and architectural model builder. Then he spent twenty years as a professional firefighter for the City of South Orange, NJ, near Newark. Following retirement from firefighting, Hymas moved to Otsego County where he has restored an 1802 farmhouse in Pierstown on cleared land deep in the woods. His driveway entrance is marked by a tree encircled by a large yellow spider-like creature comprised of connected yellow dots — painted found golf balls. In addition to making art, Hymas reads and writes poetry and conducts research on his wide-ranging interests that include paleontology and entomology. He studied geology and early man at SUNY Oneonta. He has been known to help out with occasional carpentry work. He also enjoys baking bread.
The Main Gallery, which features work by seven artists – Tracy Helgeson, Robert Seward, Vicki Whicker, Louis Sherry, Alice Hudson, Lavern Kelley and Ada Yonenaka — can only by viewed one person at a time. No appointment necessary. Sanitizer will be situated in front of the Art Garage. Due to the covid-19 virus, there will be no opening reception, just an Opening Day 4-7pm with thoughtfully spaced, masked guests. Opening Day visitors should text the gallery to indicate their approximate time of arrival between 4PM and 7PM: These guests will have priority viewing. Visitors will be spaced at 20-minute intervals. Those who do not make an appointment should wait until the gallery is clear. Visitors should park on the gallery lawns, not on the town road. The second August SummerSolo PopUp show will feature collage and more by Christine Alexander, East Meredith, NY. In September, the Art Garage will present DuoPopUp Shows and a re-imagined Taj Garage in its Middlebay. Details to follow. To schedule a visit on Opening Day or other days, please text 315-941-9607 or telephone 607-547-5327.