Exhibition September 2018
Reception September 8 at Gallery 222.
This exhibition explores light within darkness as a study on hope in complex times. Cannon Hersey’s artworks are a meditation on global collaboration and the resilience of the environment. The exhibition includes silkscreen and textile artworks developed from 35 mm photographs taken by Cannon Hersey of the survivors and survivor trees of Hiroshima that weave together antique and contemporary textiles from Japan, South Africa, India, USA and China to create textile artworks that reference American quilting, Japanese Sashiko textile repair and Tibetan Buddhist Thangkhas.
Cannon Hersey is a photographer, fine artist and organizer of large-scale cultural efforts in non-traditional spaces in New York City, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Johannesburg. He is committed to connecting art and the public in unique and unexpected ways to explore the meaning of race, religion, culture and commerce in the modern global world.
Built on the 35-mm photographic image, Hersey creates artworks utilizing silk-screen, photo-etching, Fabric arts, mixed-media, light-box, and installation. Hersey has exhibited at numerous institutions and galleries including Lincoln Center’s Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery, the opening event of the 2008 Sao Paulo Bienale at the private collection of Kim Esteve, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts (MoCADA), the New York Open Center, the Johannesburg Art Foundation, and the presidential award ceremony for Nelson Mandela at NYU. Cannon Hersey is an artist in residence at the Andrew Freedman Home since April, 2016 and recently participated in the Hurleyville Makers Lab Residency.
Hersey’s works are included in the private collections of the Durst family, Gerard Malanga, Marilyn Oshman, Mongane Wally Serote, Chair of South Africa’s parliamentary Committee for Arts and Culture, Linda Shearer, and Stanley Stern. His work has been mentioned in many publications including the Wall Street Journal, Vogue RG, Chugoku Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun The Daily News, Time Out, Brazil’s O Estado de Sao Paulo, South Africa’s Sunday Times, Chronogram, Bomb, and Trace Magazine.