George Herms, ‘Friday Rose’, 2001, Seraphin Gallery

About George Herms

A pioneer of assemblage sculpture who came of age as an artist at the heart of the Beat Generation, George Herms transforms discarded, mundane objects into poetic sculptures that exemplify the Beat aesthetic of open, free-form association. Herms likens his works to jazz, claiming: “The feeling I get when leaving a jazz club is how I want people to feel when they leave an exhibition of mine.” Like a jazz riff, Allen Ginsberg’s poetry, or Jack Kerouac’s stream-of-consciousness novel On the Road, Herms’s sculptures are both loose and exquisitely structured. In Faucet (1995), for example, he builds a small tower out of various scraps of wood and metal, topped with an old, rusted faucet, creating an effectively coherent whole out of discordant parts.

American, b. 1935, Woodland, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Exhibition Highlights

2007
Galerie Vallois, 
Paris, France,
George Herms: Assemblages
2005
Santa Monica Museum of Art, 
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
George Herms: Hot Set
2003
Ace Gallery, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Sepia Jones Collages
2002
Redbud Gallery, 
Houston, TX, United States,
Teragrams and Roses, Mesa Nights: A Romance of the Old Southwest

Solo Shows

2007
Galerie Vallois, 
Paris, France,
George Herms: Assemblages
2005
Santa Monica Museum of Art, 
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
George Herms: Hot Set
2003
Ace Gallery, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Sepia Jones Collages
2002
Redbud Gallery, 
Houston, TX, United States,
Teragrams and Roses, Mesa Nights: A Romance of the Old Southwest
1996
Fred Spratt Gallery, 
San Jose, CA, United States,
Crossings
1996
Bergamot Station, 
Santa Monica, CA, United States,
The Beat Bar
1995
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Gallery, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Beat Epiphanies and Home Runs
1995
Riverside Art Museum, 
Riverside, CA, United States,
SAM RAM
1994
Kohn Turner Gallery, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Project X
1988
California Museum of Fine Art, 
Santa Rosa, CA, United States,
Salute to Paul Beattie
1982
Beyond Baroque, 
Venice, Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Eight Etudes
1977
Museum of Fine Art, 
San Francisco, CA, United States,
Unbeknownst Manitoba
1975
TJB Gallery, 
Newport Beach, CA, United States,
Psuedonymphia
1969
Molly Barnes Gallery, 
Los Angeles, CA, United States,
Faithquake
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