George Herms

George Herms
Mixed media
Mixed media, 2013
15 x 15 x 13 inches
Courtesy of Sue Henger
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About the artist
George Herms was born in 1935 in Woodland, California. From 1955 he studied at UC Berkeley with high scores in engineering though more interested in poetry and art. That year he met artist Wallace Berman and poet and printer Robert Alexander in Topanga Canyon. Meeting these artists was to be central to the development of his own artistic expression. Herms gradually moved from writing poetry to making art through assemblage, using largely discarded objects. His fascination with such “found” objects is rooted in his childhood. As the writer Rebecca Solnit has pointed out, “Herms remembers his mother’s junk drawer, a way station for anything and everything that didn’t have a clear use or place, as an important inspiration.” More recently, poet Charles Simic recalled Herms’s studio as an “incredible clutter . . . . The dream of every discarded work glove, spoon, dress dummy, and bent bicycle wheel is to find itself in one of his constructions.”

About the work
Typical of Herms’s work as an assemblage artist, Mixed Media is made of “found” materials. Distorted and melted compact discs create an iridescent, floral-like arrangement, sitting on an unbound book stamped with his signature message of LOVE. “That’s my whole thing,” Herms said in a recent interview with W magazine, “I turn shit into gold. I just really want to see something I‘ve never seen before.”

Selected collections

  • Laguna Art Museum
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
  • Menil Collection, Houston, TX