Andrea Schwartz Gallery:
by Alan Bamberger
I see a fair amount of encaustics out there and yes, it’s a difficult medium, and I suppose that’s why in the overwhelming majority of instances, the finished products leave me wanting. Howard Hersh, to the contrary, appears to have mastered the nuances of the craft. In other words, the wax goes where he wants it to rather than wherever it feels like going. As for the elevated essence of the endeavor, according to Hersh, “While separation between races, religions, and species seem to be a political issue; I strive to show differences as a matter of perception. Without words, our minds are free to create associations.” And that, as they say, is that.