ABOUT THE ARTIST / BIOGRAPHY
American interdisciplinary artist Peter D. Gerakaris earned a BFA from Cornell University in 2003 and an MFA from Hunter College in 2009 where he received the Tony Smith Prize.
Gerakaris’ kaleidoscopic paintings, installations, and origami sculptures engage nature-culture themes and are showcased in various permanent institutional collections including the National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY), the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program in Libreville, Gabon (Africa), the Schomburg Center, the Waskowmium, the Warwick Hotel (Bahamas), and Citibank, in addition to a spectrum of private collections such as Patrick McMullan, William Lim, and Beth Rudin DeWoody.
Having received distinctions such as the National Academy of Art’s Edwin Austin Abbey Fellowship and the Vermont Studio Center’s Clowes Foundation Full-Fellowship, his artwork has been exhibited around the globe at the Bronx Museum, Wave Hill, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Chinese Contemporary (Beijing), various art fairs such as Scope and the Doors (Seoul), iSolAIR (Cape Verde Islands, West Africa), the National Academy of Fine Arts, and the Mykonos Biennale, while also being featured in publications like Architectural Digest, the Financial Times, and W Magazine.
Additionally, Gerakaris has created a variety of large-scale, site-specific commissions awarded by Cornell Tech, The Surrey Hotel, Bergdorf Goodman, and the Warwick Hotel Paradise Island Permanent Collection (Bahamas). He has also been awarded a large-scale public art commission to be permanently installed at PS101 (Brooklyn) in 2019 through the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK / ARTIST STATEMENT
Peter D. Gerakaris’ distinctive “Post-Pop Botanic” style tickles the retina and mind, presenting a postnatural vision of nature as if diffracted through a pop-cultural lens – a space where nature and culture converge. Engaging motifs such as poisonous flowers, beauty vs. toxicity, our fractured relationship with the natural environment, and the limits of human perception, the artist employs a vibratory palette, kaleidoscopic geometry, and meticulous detail. Traversing painting, works on paper, wall murals, architectural installation, and origami sculptures, some current projects also offer optional ChromaDepth 3D Glasses to provide an interactive and spatialized color experience for viewers. While firmly rooted in the traditions of drawing and painting by hand, the artist’s mixed-media process inevitably blurs analog and digital boundaries by integrating various emerging technologies. Gerakaris adds, “my work is also deeply inspired by extensive travel and residencies in China, Central America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. Having absorbed a myriad of global influences, music, iconography, and perspectives, my work attempts to engage and remix these motifs like a ‘Visual DJ’ spinning a kaleidoscopic mix.” Regarding his current Mask Series, Gerakaris suggests, “the Mask Series inverts the notion of a mask by projecting our inner psyche on an exterior meant to conceal. By conflating an abundance of disparate cultural icons into one aesthetic, I aim to construct ‘Global Masks’ for our era. Perhaps this approach also parallels the hypercoherence of our contemporary world – a global civilization that is growing almost as wildly and chaotically as nature itself.”
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