VENTANA 
Peter D. Gerakaris

Co-Curated by Deborah Davis + READart

August 21 – September 29, 2017
Opening Reception: September 7, 2017, 6-8pm

FXFOWLE Gallery
22 W19th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10011
Gallery Hours: 9am-6pm, Monday – Friday and by appointment
FXFOWLE Contact: Brien McDaniel, Director of Communications bmcdaniel@fxfowle.com | www.fxfowle.com

____________________________________________________________________________

Click HERE for official press release

Ventana is a new solo exhibition by American interdisciplinary artist Peter D. Gerakaris, marking a bold departure from the artist’s maximalist mode of the last decade.  Gerakaris wishes to distill both imagery and content to an essence, while leaving ample space for the viewer’s imagination. The series premiere of Ventana (meaning “window” in Spanish) excavates elements from art, architecture and landscape while honoring the void. Ventana’s motifs are presented as mixed-media works rooted in painting. The exhibition will be on view on the FXFOWLE Gallery from August 21 through September 29, 2017, with a public opening reception on September 7, 6-8pm.

Moved by the notion that architecture serves as a genuine reflection of any civilization – and the follies and artifacts it leaves behind – the Ventana series can be regarded as a meditation on the convergence of nature and humanity within a whimsical organic network. As a nod to the many windows and gates designed by Antonio Gaudí, Ventana’s flowing framework contains dualistic themes where lush nature and art history are pocketed. In this series, the artist explores the window as a membrane between interior and exterior; physical and metaphysical space. Playing with positive and negative forms like a musician who emphasizes the space between the notes, viewers are left to fill in the gaps between past, present, and future. Allusions to Bernini, Titian and Piranesi, paired with energetic pops of color and a contemporary framework, propel this series into the future – a space where analog and digital converge.

Rendered in acrylic and mixed-media, the Ventana framework remains the one constant amongst the changing rhythm of formats: rectangular paintings, circular paintings, works on paper, and an origami sculpture made from synthetic paper. The custom wallpaper designed by the artist unifies the installation, while amplifying the feeling of absence-presence, solid-void, and inhalation-exhalation. Ventana pulses in and out of abstraction, allowing viewers to construct their own narratives in between the voids.

After learning how to scuba dive recently, the artist has been obsessed with finding ways to carve breathing room into his art, attempting to capture “the weightless, meditative activity where breathing becomes the nature by which one maintains and controls buoyancy,” Gerakaris states. The artist’s color palette and themes also reflect his love of gardening. As part of his daily routine, he suggests how “gardening is like art making: both are laboratories for the imagination.”

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. His 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. 

For further information about the Artist, please visit:
Web: http://petergerakaris.com  |  Instagram: @petergerakaris

For further information about the Curators, please visit:
Web: http://dgdavisfineart.com  |  @deborahgoodmandavis
Web: http://readartny.com  |  Instagram: @readartny