GLENN HIRSCH MIXED MEDIA PAINTINGS

GLENNHIRSCH Abstractions in a Lost Tongue

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Abstractions in a Lost Tongue

This work seeks an intersection between contemporary painting practice, archaeological sources, multi-cultural themes and the parallel between modern and ancient civilizations in their penchant for self-inflicted environmental disaster.

"Abstractions in a Lost Tongue" are inspired by Mayan writing -- glyphs that have been deciphered by etymologists. Among other things, the texts speak about cyclical time in a kind of ancient software code that the Maya painted on temple walls to keep the Universe running smoothly.

This series is not about what the glyphs meant as much as what they evoke: a phantasmagoria of luxurious line, masked glaze, sponged light and perhaps a warning that any civilization can come to its own demise through ecologically induced disaster, war and over-population.

The paintings are informed by the art of Wolfgang Paalen, Richard Pousette-Dart, and the early work of Barnett Newman, Adolph Gottlieb, and Jackson Pollock as they used Native imagery as a catalyst for unconscious association and spiritual renewal through the primitive.

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AfterTheFloodHighRes.jpg

CODEX
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

AftertheFloodDetail.jpg

CODEX
(detail)


TransfigurationHighRes.jpg

TRANSFIGURATION
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")



GhostShipIII.jpg

NIGHT SPIRITS
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

CodexHighRes.jpg

AFTER THE FLOOD
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")





DreamBoatHighRes.jpg

CREATION MYTH
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")





QuintessenceHighRess.jpg

QUINTESSENCE
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

EncryptionHighRes.jpg

ENCRYPTION
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

StyxHighRes.jpg

STYX
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

StyxDetailHighRes.jpg

STYX
(detail)

15-Hirsch-Golem.jpg

GOLEM
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")


OrhanPamukFinalHighRes.jpg

THE DREAM OF ORHAN PAMUK
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")



Opera-small-file.jpg

PYRE
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")


KilaueaHighRes.jpg

KILAUEA
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")



LavaTubeHighRes-adjusted.jpg

LAVA TUBE
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")


18-Hirsch-Mutation.jpg

MUTATION OF THE CODE
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")



RiverGodHighRes.jpg

RIVER GOD
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")


ProjectionHighRes.jpg

PROJECTION
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

PlanetHighRes.jpg

MAYA PLANET
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

PicnicoftheMayanPrinceHighRes.jpg

PICNIC OF THE MAYAN PRINCE
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

MarshofLostCitiesHighRes.jpg

MARSH OF LOST CITIES
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

LostQueen-2.jpg

LOST QUEEN
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

CodeGodessHighRes.jpg

CODE GODDESS
mixed media on paper (22" x 60")

GhostTrap-2.jpg

GHOST TRAP
mixed media on paper (22" x 30")

SwampSyntax-1.jpg

SWAMP SYNTAX 
left panel
mixed media and collaged paper (22" x 30")

SwampSyntax-2.jpg

SWAMP SYNTAX
right panel
mixed media and collaged paper (22" x 30")

ClanoftheCaveBearII.jpg
Clan of the Cave Bear (22x30)

EvolutionInstallationSomarts.jpg

Instllation of paintings at SomArts Cultural Center
(
Nena St. Louis sculpture in foreground)


evolutionisomartspyramid.jpg

SomArts Collaborative Installation
with
Pamela Lanza, Nena St. Louis