Philip Hershberger


I’m not interested in sharing some vision or message, but instead want to create a contemplative space where the viewer can enter and interact.  These paintings feel incomplete and empty unless the viewer, myself included, steps into them and becomes part of the creative process.  It is an open-ended process that, depending on the experience at-the-moment, is in continual flux.  The physical process of making these paintings with many layers, scraping, scratching, and burying bits of paper drawings creates a place that isn’t tied to a particular moment in time.

These paintings are the ones that I’ve chosen to have on my walls the past number of years.  Even these favorites remind me that this work is striving for something that is maddeningly elusive and ultimately unattainable.

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