Presence/Absence

Witness (Adamah)
Witness (Adamah)
2009, oil on wood with silver leaf and gold; 25″ x 47″, available
Presence/Absence was a touring exhibition/installation that was comprised of 36 paintings on wooden panels––35 of which were abstractions based upon the geology and tidal areas surrounding The Great Ledge––a granite outcropping that ascends 70ft above sea level right at the edge of the Great Marsh (a massive tidal estuary that begins at our home in West Gloucester and extends half-way up the coast of Maine). This series featured (as the 36th panel) a naked male figure with his back to the viewer––a kind of “Everyman” or Adam type. The other panels formed an ambulatory installation (that was ideally displayed at the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA). Cape Ann is a glacial moraine that was scoured by the retreat of the great Laurentide Glacier about 30,000 years ago. T. S. Eliot wrote of Cape Ann in the third section of Four Quartets––a poem that also inspired part of this series and the QU4RTETS painting series.
Tide at Walker Creek
2009, oil on wood, diptych, 60″ x 70″, available
Prospero's-Tempest
Prosperos Tempest
2009, oil on wood with silver leaf; diptych, 60″ x 70″, available
prosperos staff
Prosperos Staff
2009, oil on wood with silver leaf; diptych, 60″ x 70″, available
Little Gidding

Little Gidding
2009, oil on wood, 60″ x 70″, Collection of Gabe and Meg Davis

Canyon
Canyon
oil on wood; 23″ x 23″ Collection of Mark Sargent
Great Ledge
The Great Ledge/Heaven & Earth
oil on wood with silver and gold leaf; diptych, 23″ x 30″,
Collection of Walter and Darlene Hansen
Unremembered Gate

Unremembered Gate
oil on wood; 23″ x 14″

Fire ©Bruce Herman, 2010

oil on board, 23″ x 23″

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Nimbus III  ©Bruce Herman, 2010

oil with gold and silver leaf on board

23″ x 18″

Great Ledge Autumn

Walking the Great Ledge (Autumn)
oil on wood, diptych; 60″ x 37″,
collection of Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA

Great Ledge Summer
Walking the Great Ledge (Summer)
oil on wood, diptych; 60″ x 37″,
collection of Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA
Great Ledge Winter
Walking the Great Ledge (Winter)
oil on wood, diptych; 60″ x 37″,
collection of Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA
Great Ledge Spring

Walking the Great Ledge (Spring)
oil on wood, diptych; 60″ x 37″,
collection of Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA

Nimbus II
Nimbus II
oil on wood, diptych; 60″ x 37″;
collection of Anthony and Jenny Rebecca Falcetta
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Mapping Midnight ©Bruce Herman 2010

oil on board, 23″ x 23″  collection of Cameron Anderson

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Nimbus IV  ©Bruce Herman, 2010

silver and gold leaf on wood, 23″ x 18″