Danville, Ky. March 1, 2017 – The Community Arts Center in Danville, will present ReInterpret: Contemporary Landscapes by Billy Hertz from March 1 through April 29. Billy Hertz is the owner of Galerie Hertz in Louisville and has been a contemporary art trendsetter for nearly thirty years.
Hertz challenges and redefines traditional interpretations of landscape art by taking a bird’s eye point of view. He soars above the landscape, creating incredible aerial vistas in which the tiny details vanish into great swaths of color. Fields become bright patches of reds and greens while lakes and rivers transform into arcs and puddles of blue. Hertz says, “As an artist, I am a bit of an archaeologist. My paintings of landscapes have become far removed from any traditional definition of that genre; yet they still maintain a slender but sustaining thread to the concept of representational image.”
Arts Center Creative Director Brandon Long says he is thrilled include Hertz in the 2017 exhibit schedule. “If anything exciting and new is going on in the Louisville art scene, it’s happening at Galerie Hertz. Any time I’d find a great artist in the Louisville area, I’d track them down online and sure enough, they were part of this great cadre of artists that Billy has cultivated. This is a show you will not want to miss.”
Hertz’s interest in aerial landscapes was triggered by trips to Italy and Russia in the 1990s. He recalls that “flying out of the different locations, I was astonished at the rich patterns of the fields that were being cultivated, bisected by rivers, roadways, and rail lines, geometric patterns and tremendous, vibrant colors.” He has been exploring the possibilities of nature’s resources as inspiration for his work ever since. “The blurring of naturalism and non-representational in the imagery obfuscates the intention enough to create some mystery in a subject usually thought of as straightforward, “says Hertz. “It communicates the astonishment I felt looking down on Siberian forests from thousands of feet in the air, and hopefully seduces my viewers into completing the narrative for themselves; a profound sense of discovery that gives my paintings their power.”
Billy has also brought along four of the most promising artists that he represents in his Louisville gallery. Kayla Bischoff, Brad Devlin, Jim Doiron, and Lisa Simon will have work exhibited in the upstairs Farmers National Bank Gallery for the duration of the ReInterpret exhibit.
The Community Arts Center creates transformative arts opportunities for every member of the community through exhibits, education, and community outreach. The Arts Center is located at 401 W. Main St. in downtown Danville, KY. The Arts Center is open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To find out more about the Community Arts Center visit www.communityartscenter.net.