Moran Bondaroff is pleased to announce a solo presentation of George Herms’ historical sculpture and collages of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, alongside his rarely exhibited photographs. Since the ’50s, Herms has created work across several disciplines, though he is most widely recognized for his assemblage, collage and found-object sculptures. Often influenced by poetry and jazz, Herms transforms weatherworn, battered, and discarded materials into improvisational works, giving them new meaning and challenging associations. Herms frequently created objects in homage to the figures that influenced him and his black and white photographs depict the community of California artists from the ‘60s with whom he worked.
One of the founding members of the California Assemblage movement, Herms is also associated with the Semina group, Beat generation poets, and with contributing to the development of the West Coast Aesthetic. His work is included in the public collections of the Berkley Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Menil Collection, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Walker Art Center, among many others.