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Luise Ross Gallery

Through exquisite abstract compositions, Marcy Hermansader creates a deeply personal investigation of the universal themes of war, sickness, disaster, hope, healing and renewal. Perhaps best understood through the contradictions they inhabit, the twelve works in the exhibition are thoughtful and inventive, moving with deft precision between darkness and light that is both literal and figurative.

The paper, torn away in swaths or delicately built up in neat strips is drawn, painted, and sewn, creating gorges and mountains in fantastical landscapes. These are not works on paper, but works with paper that take on sculptural qualities. Eschewing the use of the figure, even when investigating concerns like sickness within her own body, the artist allows space for the viewer to form their own interpretations.

The beauty of Hermansader's work lies in her ability to combine stark impact with delicacy and sensitivity. The contemplation of darkness shines as brightly as that of the light in these intriguing compositions, which are sure to compel even as they mystify the viewer.

This is Marcy Hermansader's first solo exhibition at the Luise Ross Gallery.

Please visit Marcy Hermansader's artist page to view more images

Additional images are available on request


BFA, Philadelphia College of Art

Selected Awards and Honors

2009, 03
Creation Grant, Vermont Arts Council
The Vermont Community Foundation Grant
1992, 79
Vermont Council on the Arts Fellowship
Windham County Arts Council Grant
Invited Artist, The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
Fellowship in Painting, National Endowment for the Arts

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

Darkness and Light, Luise Ross Gallery, New York, NY
it is all a mystery, Drawings by Marcy Hermansader 1981-2015, Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT
Night Work, Michael S. Currier Center Gallery, Putney School, Putney, VT
Back Through Black, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro VT
Deep Breath, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
One Thousand Subtractions, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Short Stories, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Photographs Dreaming University Gallery, Amherst, MA
Photographs Dreaming Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Abilities and Disabilities Williams College Museum, Williamstown, MA
Belief in the Underground DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA (traveled to University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Being Here Only Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Transparent Being Cavin Morris Inc., New York, NY
Inside Looking In Janet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Marcy Hermansader-Drawings, Morris Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Marcy Hermansader-DrawingsJanet Fleisher Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Public Collections

Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections, University of VT, Burlington,VT
Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington VT
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Vermont Arts Council

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