New Show to Open in Works on Paper Gallery at The Bennington Museum
Opening in Bennington Museum’s Works on Paper Gallery on Saturday, May 7, is ‘It is All a Mystery, Drawings by Marcy Hermansader.’ At first this exhibit may appear to be a group show, but upon closer examination the viewer will see a retrospective featuring four distinct bodies of work by the same artist dating from 1981 through 2015. Upon even closer inspection the distinctive combination of Hermansader’s hand, mind and eye working together threads the works into a cohesive whole. Drawing on a deep well of intuitive, often deeply personal symbols and images, Hermansader’s work is akin to sophisticated visual poetry. “While the works are all paper based, to call them ‘works on paper’ seems insufficient. They are works with paper, drawn on, ripped and pricked, sewn, cut and glued. Each work is simultaneously a fleeting, ephemeral dream image and a highly material, haptic experience for the viewer.” states Jamie Franklin, curator. It will be on view through July 30.
Hermansader was born in 1951 and has lived in Vermont since 1975. She has been given one person shows by Williams College Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Art, and the DeCordova Museum, among others. She has also participated in over 50 group exhibition, and has been recognized by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections. The artist has also worked with the Vermont Arts Council to help improve access to the arts for people with disabilities.
The Bennington Museum is located at 75 Main Street/Route 9 in Bennington. Visit the website at benningtonmuseum.org or call 802-447-1571 for further information.