W.C. HEMMING: "ANCIENT VISIONS, MYTHOLOGIES AND NIGHTMARES"
Exhibition -- July 2017
Columbus State Library
W.C. Hemming standing in front of "Homage to Chuck Berry" on Columbus State Library's 2nd floor.
Photographer: Nathan Gjerstad, 2017
What do you see in my art? My art is a tapestry of dreamscapes of images stored in the vault of my mind from youth and over the years. When I was young I was very inward as a child and an outsider looking in.
I was very poor but liked to read. The fiction took me to strange lands, strange worlds, and gave me an appreciation of history. In reading history I found heroes and villains. It taught me to respect icons of heroic ages. Through history I saw great triumphs and conquests and mistakes and failures. The important thing is that I saw images of different cultures. It gave me an appreciation of different societies.
When I was small there was nothing more fun than reading Science Fiction where James Blish or Ray Bradbury or Robert Heinlein would create unknown worlds where the green bug-eyed monsters filled you with danger and dread.
Images of advanced technological futures and missions to the stars and beyond. Later, when I read the grim, dark dystopian futures of Orwell, Huxley, and J.G. Ballard the future didn't appear so rose-colored. I was prepared for no Utopian future.
My art is to set down in vibrant, shocking, vivid colors what has piled up in my brain for years. To express as best I can with paint icons, heroes, villains, and scenes of life people can relate to. I paint what I see and where I have been and places I'd like to be and people I'd like to know and people or creatures I'd stay away from. I love the beauty of nature and women. I enjoy the infinite variety of human emotion and expression. I paint my moods from comic to grim. I am an artist that takes down his time and the age he lives in. An artist has a duty to record his age. I take down seventy years of images in my mind and release them a little bit at a time to canvas.
W.C. HEMMING, artist b. 1946 --
January - Robin Buser - The Stitcher's Art
February - Marvin Taylor
March - Nexus: Mother and Child - Kimberly Rhyan and son, Carter
April - Rocco Di Pietro and Romulo Vazquez
May - Gallery is Getting a Facelift
June - Albert Gray
July - William C. Hemming - Oil/Acrylic
August - Jessica Moore
September - Daryl Brown - Oils / Watercolors / Encaustic
October - Cecilia Roman - Oil / Acrylic
November - Gene Strickland - Student Digital Photography
December - Open
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