Frances Saint Charles presents
Michael Dayton Hermann: Flowers
139 Eldridge St., New York
June 4 - 26, 2016
Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 11 - 6
Opening Reception: Friday, June 3, 6-8PM
New York, May 10, 2016 - Frances Saint Charles is pleased to present Michael Dayton Hermann: Flowers.
Hermann’s work has consistently shown a fascination with the re-presentation of familiar images and subjects through the filter of his unique personal language. With Flowers, Hermann has created captivating floral paintings as offerings for those he loves and for those he has lost. Having recently struggled with the death of his grandmother with whom he lived for a portion of his childhood, Hermann was inspired to tackle the clichéd subject of flowers, showing how superficial beauty can be instilled with new and profound sentiment both in memoriam and in celebration. Through these thoughtful works, Hermann reminds us that small gestures can have lasting effects.
Far from purely decorative, Flowers challenges our notions of remembrance and tribute. Created using digitally collaged photographs printed on canvas and then hand-painted in oil, the lush paintings unleash inventive arrangements of flowers that serve as intimate portraits of friends and family, both living and deceased. Personal and appropriated images ranging from Flemish still-lives to pop culture, are unexpectedly layered, juxtaposed and executed in Hermann’s confident hand to present explosions of flora that are disarmingly attractive. Flowers is an ongoing project first presented to the public on the occasion of this exhibition, featuring paintings ranging in size from 30 x 30 in. to 42 x 42 in.
About Michael Dayton Hermann: New York based Hermann has produced various guerilla exhibitions since 2002 and participated in numerous exhibitions at venues including Envoy Gallery, Lombard Fried Gallery, WhiteBox, Exit Art and Longwood Art Gallery. Hermann received his MFA from Hunter College where he studied art theory with conceptual artist Robert Morris and executed his thesis under the advisement of Nari Ward. In 2016, he established Frances Saint Charles, a company focused on producing culturally relevant projects. Hermann has also been the Director of Licensing at The Andy Warhol Foundation since 2005 during which time the Foundation has received 10 major industry awards. Hermann has developed notable high-profile Warhol projects including collaborations with Dior, Comme des Garçons, Absolut, Supreme, and Perrier and conceived of an acclaimed monograph of Warhol’s Polaroids published by TASCHEN in 2015.
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