Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition featuring paintings by Kurt Herrmann & kinetic sculptures by John Poché.
Kurt Herrmann’s paintings explore his fascination with the language of color and the power it evokes universally and subjectively. To Herrmann, the most important aspect of his work is how the viewer feels in response to a particular color. His Color Bomb paintings are a sort of playground or vessel for colors to interact and resonate in a similar way to how music is heard. In this new body of work, Herrmann’s visual vocabulary shifts as elements from the Appalachian Mountains (where he resides) begin to emerge, such as the landscape, animals, seasons, and even sounds.
John Poché creates polished aluminum, stainless-steel, and 3-D printed kinetic sculptures. His works range in scale from small indoor tabletop works to large-scale outdoor sculptures triggered exclusively by wind. His elegant sculptures are a combination of traditional metalworking techniques alongside cutting-edge software technologies, a synthesis he has spent years studying and refining. Poché states, “Each work is unique, but the real wonder of kinetic sculpture is the constant motion that keeps the pieces from ever appearing the same. There are limitless looks and positions for every rotating element.”
Kurt Herrmann resides in the mountains of Lock Haven, PA and obtained a BFA from Lock Haven University. His works have been in exhibitions around the world and most recently at
Penny Contemporary, AU; Traffic Jam Galleries, AU; Hells Kitchen Gallery / Tiny Tree, AU; James Oliver Gallery, PA; 12 Gallery, NZ; and Sidewinder Gallery, IL. Herrmann has also shown at art fairs including the Affordable Art Fair, Singapore; The Other Art Fair, AU; and Scope Miami Beach, FL. His work has been featured in Time Out Chicago and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Herrmann’s paintings are included in the collections at the Hotel Del Coronado, CA; Temple University, PA; Capital One Headquarters, NY; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY & NJ, among others.
John Poché is a New Orleans based artist and a graduate from Tulane University. His kinetic sculptures have been exhibited throughout the nation. In addition to exhibitions with Octavia Art Gallery, he has shown with Cavalier Galleries, NY, CT, MA, and FL. His works have also been included in the following outdoor exhibitions in New Orleans: Art For Arts’ Sake, White Linen Night, Jammin’ on Julia Street and Luna Fete. Poché is currently working on finalizing a sculpture for M.A.D. Gallery, a division of the watch company MB&F, with locations in Geneva, Hong Kong, Dubai and Taipei. Most recently, his monumental outdoor sculpture Ten Limbs Akimbo White has been accepted to the prestigious Kinetic Biennial in Boynton Beach, FL and will be on display throughout 2023.