For me, making art is a life long process. It is done in a serial fashion. That is, every new piece is built upon the previous ones. So while I talk about this body of work, there are many other layers, at least conceptually, built in.
The title of this exhibition, expanding universe, refers to my interest in new physics. But on a broader scheme, it talks about our relationship to this expanding universe. For the last several years, the predominant theme in my paintings has been the relationship between nature and architecture. Being part of nature ourselves, and then in turn creating this geometric overlay is fascinating to me. Wonderment with the intricate, complex interaction of everything, micro and macro, speaks about the natural world as well as the artists’ panel. Hopefully, with these works, I can direct the viewer’s attention back out the window and let them ponder the relationships on their own.
With regards to the irregular and multi-panel paintings. I’ve always noticed the similarities between process’ of nature and process’ of artmaking. So it seems fitting that the paintings grow and expand also in an organic manner. While retaining their geometric (architectural) basis, these works have been given permission to expand beyond conventional borders. Titles such as “accretive” and “aggregation” point to the additive process. Of course, nature, as well as the artist must also edit. A challenging, but vital task. Also, the irregular shaped panels are a further investigation of positive and negative space.
While the universe at large is expanding, so is the world of Howard Hersh. I recently moved to San Francisco after spending most of my adult life in the desert southwest. Now I can add another layer of inspiration and appreciation for the world around me.
I have a great affinity for the artist as a craftsman. So while I’m involving lots of ideas, I also love working with my hands and making things. I utilize drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and construction, to pursue my goals of creating and communicating.