The Lawyers (Joyco, Joyco and Boyce share a vision; Roland, Gandalf and Peaches do not) by Michael Hermesh
The Lawyers is in large part a reflection on my thoughts about narrative in art. I feel that the art of iconic certainty does a disservice to the viewer. Art is dynamic; it has force and counter force and is to some degree a dichotomy as a realistic reflection of life and living.
The passion of The Lawyers directed to a common ideal is given counterpoint by the varied interests held by the dogs.
We have goals and ambitions with a public face on them at the same time we have dreams and aspirations that are truly magic. These are dreams that are ours alone. I suspect that most people have forgotten what they are and that they are far more important, true, and real than the mundane, agreed upon ones.
My art tends to be about the dignity and quiet heroism of people…people as anonymous heroes in uncelebrated dramas, the dignity that gives value to strengths that do not need the yardsticks of approval or amortisement – this is the stuff of my art, dignity achieved through the will of desire.
This piece has been displayed at the international departure lounge of the Vancouver International Airport under the Art Loans program for several years. (November 2009)
An artist statement in the form of haphazardly linked thoughts about art
Truth does not proceed from accuracy. When I draw and when I see the drawings of others it is obvious that an exact correlation between what is drawn and what is put down on paper is, by itself, just a dead exercise. The world is narrative and truth is dynamic. To make art, a narrative must be told.
A sculpture is a symbol much like a word is a symbol, it has complexities nuances and associations just like any word, and like a word its meaning can shift from viewer to viewer and drift with time. Truth finds life in the artist’s work and is kept alive in the viewer.