Fall of the Legend

George Herms comes to Costa Mesa, tries to make rent

"It's almost as if there's a lip service to arts," says Herms as the daylight fades outside his studio. "It's financially peripheral. First comes groceries, rent, the car. People are just not buying art. I put it this way: financial security is the last medium. I've learned all the other media, and I have to master this last one."

"George Herms" at Square Blue Gallery, 3400 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, (714) 751-7447. Opening reception, Sat., 6-9 p.m. Gallery open Thurs.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. Through April 4.
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