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Watch Gerasimos Floratos on his exhibition Bismuth at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, on view February 20 – March 28, 2020.
 

 

GERASIMOS FLORATOS Rewire own coordinates 2020

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
Rewire own coordinates
2020
Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas
48 by 72 1/2 in.  121.9 by 184.2 cm.

GERASIMOS FLORATOS Curbside shoreline 2019-20

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
Curbside shoreline
2019-20
Oil and acrylic on canvas
52 1/4 by 88 in.  132.7 by 223.5 cm.

GERASIMOS FLORATOS Tract of lumination 2020

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
Tract of lumination
2020
Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas
72 by 72 3/8 in.  182.9 by 183.8 cm.

GERASIMOS FLORATOS Untitled 2019-20

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
Untitled
2019-20
Oil and acrylic on canvas
62 1/8 by 62 in.  157.8 by 157.5 cm.

GERASIMOS FLORATOS Untitled 2020

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
Untitled
2020
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 1/4 by 48 1/4 in.  183.5 by 122.6 cm.

GERASIMOS FLORATOS Take it all in, let it all out 2020

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
Take it all in, let it all out
2020
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 by 72 1/4 in.  182.9 by 183.5 cm.

GERASIMOS FLORATOS Take it all in, let it all out 2 2020

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
Take it all in, let it all out 2
2020
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 3/8 by 72 1/2 in.  183.8 by 184.2 cm.

GERASIMOS FLORATOS Take it all in, let it all out 3 2020

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
Take it all in, let it all out 3
2020
Oil and acrylic on canvas
72 1/4 by 72 1/4 in.  183.5 by 183.5 cm.

Installation view of Bismuth

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
Installation view of Bismuth at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY, 2020

Installation view of Bismuth

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
​Installation view of Bismuth at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY, 2020

Installation view of Bismuth

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
​Installation view of Bismuth at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY, 2020

Installation view of Bismuth

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
​Installation view of Bismuth at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY, 2020

Installation view of Bismuth

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
​Installation view of Bismuth at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY, 2020

Installation view of Bismuth

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
​Installation view of Bismuth at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY, 2020

Installation view of Bismuth

GERASIMOS FLORATOS
​Installation view of Bismuth at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY, 2020

Press Release

 

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by New York-based artist Gerasimos Floratos. This will be the artist’s first show with the gallery as well as the first in the city since his solo debut at White Columns in 2016. On view will be a suite of new large-scale paintings that continue the artist’s exploration of built-up environments and its physical and psychological structures.

Over the years, Floratos has developed a bold, assertive and highly idiosyncratic style of painting that takes as its primary subject the metropolitan backdrop of his hometown and, more specifically, the neighborhood of Times Square, where he grew up and which he has described as the “center of the center.” The works in this exhibition evince the artist’s ongoing efforts to map the psychogeography of such centers—a term which Floratos borrows from Guy Debord, one of the founders of the Situationist International, who defined it as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals.”

Through a seamless combination of cartoon-like imagery and dense layers of thick, textural marks, Floratos’s paintings reflect the inner psyche of the city and its denizens—an exercise in exteriorization that, in its visual translation, bridges the terrestrial with the ethereal; figuration with abstraction; and the grotesque with the everyday. Painted quickly and arranged on self-made stretchers, the artist’s canvases present a pulsating and turbulent narrative of street dwellers, performers, commuters, drivers and tourists that, at times, includes himself.

The strong autobiographical component that informs Floratos’s practice is often complemented by a corporeal dimension, with anatomical features such as guts and intestines blending with sneakers, hats and headphones to create hallucinogenic portraits of anonymous figures. This conflation of internal and external body parts, or mind and body, echoes the wider dichotomy between the artist’s highly localized perspective and the globalized world that it reflects. Guided by an autodidact model of creative independence that draws associations to Art Brut, Floratos seeks to capture the elusiveness and immediacy of what it means to be a New Yorker.