Gerasimos Floratos at Eleni Koroneou Gallery

 

Artist: Gerasimos Floratos

Exhibition title: 1977

Venue: Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens, Greece

Date: September 28 – November 24, 2018

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

Eleni Koroneou Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition by the Greek American artist Gerasimos Floratos, titled “1977”, bringing together large-scale paintings and works on paper.

Gerasimos Floratos is a first generation Greek American and New York native. His family immigrated to the United States in the early 70s, where his father opened a local convenience shop in 1977 in Times Square. Since his teenage years, Floratos worked behind the counter of the family business up until he began showing work to the public some years ago. The experiences and memories from that time are a continued source of inspiration for him and his practice throughout the past years. On the occasion of his first show in Greece, Floratos wanted to make this connection with his family’s history, and the experiences he received working at the store during his youth.

His expressive paintings can be considered as a psycho-geographic memoir of abstract shapes of places and spaces that inhabit both his conscious and unconscious. Being a self-taught, Floratos has created his own painterly world and aesthetics incorporating various elements derived from his immediate surroundings and encounters of life in the big city. The ecosystem of people, the constant movement, New York street art, cartoons, television, dance, folk and contemporary art he discovered, through books, museum visits and the internet, all constitute his inspiration tank. The artist is using curved lines in heavy colored oil paint and bold brushstrokes to depict his autobiographical characters that emerge in his works. Uncanny cartoons and animal-like creatures in irregular forms, resembling mostly rabbits and enlarged bunnies reside on his canvases and are perceived to be the artist’s alter-ego. Also presented in the show is a new series of works on paper.

Gerasimos Floratos (New York, 1986).

Recent solo shows include: Slangwich Motel, Schloss, Oslo (2018); Soft Bone Journey, Armada, Milan (2017); Big Town, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2016); White Columns, New York City (2016). His work has been included in recent group shows at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin (2018); Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2018); Salon 94, New York City (2016); The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn (2016).

Gerasimos Floratos, 1977, 2018, exhibition view, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

Gerasimos Floratos, 1977, 2018, exhibition view, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

Gerasimos Floratos, 1977, 2018, exhibition view, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

Gerasimos Floratos, 1977, 2018, exhibition view, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

Gerasimos Floratos, 1977, 2018, exhibition view, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

Gerasimos Floratos, 1977, 2018, exhibition view, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

Gerasimos Floratos, External Soft Body Blastoid, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 212 x 166 cm

Gerasimos Floratos, Day off situation, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 172.5 x 221 cm

Gerasimos Floratos,  Andys Heavy Boy, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 216 x 170 cm

Gerasimos Floratos, Minion Advancement, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 183 x 244 cm

Gerasimos Floratos, Complex Min, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 214.5 x 176.5 cm

Gerasimos Floratos, Lip Service, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 217 x 174 cm

Gerasimos Floratos, Seamless Min, 2018, Oil on canvas, 213 x 163.5 cm

Gerasimos Floratos, Dual Min Advancement, 2018, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 215.5 x 175 cm

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