Friday, July 29, 2005

Building bec

Montreal Visual Mash-up Series - Building bec

"Building bec" is a part of my nuMontreal Visual Mashup Series. In this body of work, I have been taking Montreal landmarks, locations and public works of art, and treating them with playful creativeness.

In this work, I have used Antony Gormley's Building VI, found on Avenue du Musée against a background of a McGill College Avenue building.

The Québec French word for kiss is "bec."

See: "Le mot de la semaine" offered by Rabaska Multimédia.

Shabbot Shalom

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Rêves et manigances / Dreams and Schemes

artsndgI have been active in ArtsNDG, a non-profit artist-run gallery dedicated to the promotion of art and art practices in the Montreal borough of NDG.

I created and maintain the organization's Web site. I just completed formatting our last show's review, written by member Maurice Amiel.

Please see: Rêves et manigances / Dreams and Schemes, featuring artworks by artists
Arlene Havrot-Landry, Laura Roberts, Carol Brodkin-Sang, Pat Hineson, Jacques Bossé, Indra Singh, Barbara Asgary and Esther Kanfi.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Projected Reflection

During the summer months, the sun hits my front door in such a way that the etched flower in the door's window pane is projected onto the kitchen wall.

Ephemeral and fleeting, the weightless image is at once a reminder that there is a window pane in my front door, and that the Earth does indeed rotate around the sun. I am also reminded that summer turns into autumn as time passes.

Time passes, and the image disappears, leaving no trace that it ever existed. However, a permament impression is left in my consciousness, which is now a part of your awareness -- through my transforming that weightlessness into an object having mass, a photograph.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Lilium Silkium

kenneth hemmerick lilium silkiumLast week, I was coming home from a meeting and found a white flower on the sidewalk.

I picked up the flower, brought it home, and carefully placed it in the garden amongst the balsamine. I didn't say anything about the flower to my partner, Harry, and patiently waited for him to discover my find.

Finally, I heard him say,"Ken, what kind of new flower do you think this is which has appeared in the garden?" "Hmmm, I said, it looks like a lily, actually it looks like a very silky lily." Finally, I told him about my discovery.

He dubbed the flower "Lilium Silkium," and the flower is now resting between the leaves of a wild geranium.

I hope it survives the winter.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Chicago Royal Robe

kenneth hemmerick - Scanned Flowers - Chicago Royal Robe

Three years ago I bought this Hemerocallis, and it refused to bloom, until this year.

Here is a scanned flower from this now prodigious plant.

These gifts from Nature,
fill me with awe which creates an inner space for deep reflection that brings peace and understanding.

I am honoured to be in their presence.

Shabbot Shalom.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Scanned Flowers

Kenneth Hemmerick - Scanned Flowers Exhibit at Gryphon D'Or in MontrealI am currently showing at the Gryphon D'Or Tea Room, located in the Montreal borough of NDG.

In this body of work of over 100 images, I took freshly-picked flowers and scanned them on a flatbed scanner. The images were further worked on and digitally painted using PhotoShop.

To view lo-res images from this series, please see:

Scanner Art

The vernissage will be on Thursday, 18 August, 2005 at 6:30 PM. If you would like to attend, I will be delighted to see you there. (5968 Monkland Avenue - Between Royal and Hampton Avenues)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Cold and Wet

This is my first blog and this is not a test.

The weather has been so hot recently that everyone I know is wilting under this heat.

Sitting out in the back garden, sipping on a brewski, I took images of a stein full of beer. Later I further worked on these images using PhotoShop.

I am not complaining (too much) though, because I dread the winters which last seven months and an eternity.

So I take in the heat with delight and it pours out of my body, leaving me slightly cooled and wet.