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Kurt Herrmann


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Kurt Herrmann
Acrylic on canvas over birch plywood
48" x 48"

About the Work
I want the Color Bombs to be beacons of positivity that can radiate across the room or whisper quietly beside you. I love the freedom and openness of color. These works don't bring any baggage or hidden agenda. They present a platform for each viewer to experience on their own. They are directly linked to my love of jazz and the trajectory of the soloing improviser. I want the Color Bombs to have form - to be earthbound, but to also venture out to where things are felt and not necessarily seen. To be ecstatic and full of verve and edge - like a saxophone exploding out of nowhere, or the sublime wail of a guitar rattling the windows. But these works also search for silence and quiet, and all the notes not played. They are like songs composed of shape and line that bask in the presence of absolute color representing nothing but themselves.

Kurt Herrmann (b. 1972, Lock Haven, USA) is a painter from the mountains of Pennsylvania who does both figurative and abstract work, but above all he is a colorist at heart. Two of his recent shows were featured in Time Out Chicago and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and upcoming shows in 2020 will be in Sydney (Anala Art), and Canberra (Aarwun Gallery), Australia; Auckland (12 Gallery), New Zealand; and Philadelphia (James Oliver Gallery), Charlotte (Sozo Gallery), and New Orleans (Octavia Gallery). Although his exhibition schedule is increasingly international, Herrmann's rural Pennsylvania roots continue to influence his work. "I'm very aware of the fact that even if a painting was initially inspired by something exotic, or an extremely personal event on the other side of the planet, all my work is filtered through my studio in the hills of Appalachia," he explains. "The colors, silence, space, seasons, landscape, even the rednecks impact everything I make. It's inescapable."


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