Gerasimos Floratos, Dissolved legend in own mind now embracing stone, 2019

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 127×228.6 cm, 50×90 in, Unique

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos, Special delivery, 2019

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 184×184 cm, 72×72 in, Unique

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Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Preview: Friday, 25 October 7–9 pm

Tanya Leighton is pleased to present ‘There’s a sidewalk inside this gut’, Gerasimos Floratos’ first solo exhibition in Germany.

Gerasimos used to work the night shift. Around 1:00am, maybe, he started tripping in the shop, and smoking spliffs in the basement, waiting to go out. Sometimes he’d be there making coffee for the customers and would start to feel something magical, to see constellations of building lights swirling around his head like halos; ‘Times Square Mysticism,’ he calls it. This was in Hell’s Kitchen, where he’s lived his whole life and where all of his characters come from. His characters are annoying, obnoxious, contradictory sweethearts. That won’t shut up, that seem kind of mad, all these clowns and maniacs on every corner, everywhere you turn. The old lady shouting at you in the hallway. Your neighbours. All these different sorts of people just trying to live their lives and get through their days. Floratos draws every day. He’s been drawing these grumpy, loudmouth characters ever since he was little boy. He imagines New York City as a great churning digestive tract consuming everything that enters, grinding everything down, turning it into ... crap, energy, inspiration, good feelings, bad feelings. His figures are squished and contorted. Jumbled together like guts; like intestines, constantly rotating, changing direction, packed tighter and tighter inside each other. Now more and more figures are layered on top. He likes to paint over collages of his drawings and works everything up into an overwhelming hallucinatory mess; which is just how it feels like in Midtown sometimes (most of the time). You’re walking down the street and you’re screaming on the inside. “Fuck awffff” shout the drawings in the background. New York’s a collection of mouths and assholes that will never quite shut. The city’s anxiety, temptation, overstimulation, hyperactivity, desire, delight. The city’s full of mouths and chews you right up. There’s a sidewalk inside this gut.

Floratos is painting inside the belly of the beast. He’s built his own little paradise under the sidewalk. Literally under the sidewalk; in the basement of the old Hit Factory on 48th Street where he’s made himself a studio that extends right down under the street. In the evening rush hour when everybody else is leaving work, he hears them clacking and tapping and thumping overhead. Next door there’s a dance studio that’s also a Broadway rehearsal room so he can always hear clapping and singing and dancing around the clock; pure energy coming down through the walls and the ceilings, pushing in from every side. He’s down there painting New York from the inside, crumpled up inside its colon, painting paintings over paintings over drawings and spinning his canvases around and around.

Dean Kissick

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Gerasimos Floratos, Held together by neighbors 1, 2019

Oil and acrylic on canvas, 223.5 × 132.1 cm, 88 × 52 in, Unique

Gerasimos Floratos, Held together by neighbors 2, 2019

Oil, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas, 223.5×132.1 cm, 88×52 in, Unique

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos, Vertical desire from the ground level, 2019

Oil, acrylic, and mixed media on canvas, 182.9×182.9 cm, 72×72 in, Unique

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Hiroka Yamashita

2 November – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Hiroka Yamashita, Between the Islands, 2019

Oil on canvas, 179.8×141.5 cm, 70¾×55¾ in, Unique

Hiroka Yamashita

2 November – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Hiroka Yamashita, I no longer need this house, 2019

Oil on canvas, 41×32.8 cm, 16¼×13 in, Unique

Hiroka Yamashita

2 November – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

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Hiroka Yamashita

2 November – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Tanya Leighton is pleased to announce a project with Japanese artist Hiroka Yamashita – marking the first time her work has been exhibited in Europe.

Yamashita’s paintings toe a line between figuration and abstraction, and observation and invention. The figures that dot her compositions are often sketched atop bodies of water, or fields of long grass. The interaction between humans and the natural world is a recurring theme, as Yamashita’s subjects reveal the traditions and methods through which society shapes its environment. There are seafaring groups pushing a dingy past a moonlit ridge, others admire cherry blossoms from behind a bright orange fence or dance beneath falling bougainvillea. A fresh catch of netted fish floats above a sorbet coloured ground.

The inventive compositions in which these interplays unfold do not refer to actual space, but rather a layered assemblage of architecture and manicured gardens, interspersed with abstraction. Occasionally, the ostensible subject of a painting is occluded by looming brushwork – giving the sensation of peering through fog or past branches. In other paintings, the ground on which a scene unfolds is little more than a vague coastline or horizon. This tension between density and oblivion calls attention to the ultimately unpredictable relationship between ourselves and our environment.

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Hiroka Yamashita

2 November – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Hiroka Yamashita, 202 & his morning, 2018

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 121.2×149.2 cm, 47¾×58¾ in, Unique

Hiroka Yamashita

2 November – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Hiroka Yamashita, Ohanami, 2019

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 101.6×126.3 cm, 40×49¾ in, Unique

Hiroka Yamashita, pink fish, 2017

Acrylic and oil on canvas, 32.8×22.8 cm, 13×9 in, Unique

Hiroka Yamashita

2 November – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Hiroka Yamashita

2 November – 20 December 2019, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Tanya Leighton

Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

5 – 8 December 2019

Preview: 3 – 5 December

Hiroka Yamashita
At Kurfürstenstraße 156
Until 20 December 2019

Christine Roland & Ruby Barber
At Kurfürstenstraße 156
Until 20 December 2019

David Diao

Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis, curated by Professor Daniel Sturgis, Bauhaus University, Weimar
Opening January 2020

David Diao, 2018
Delmonico books — Prestel

With contributions from Philip Tinari, Michael Corris, Pi Li, Sarah K. Rich, Felicia Chen, Kerry Doran

Sharon Hayes

Sharon Hayes
Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series
Text by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jeannine Tang, and Lanka Tattersall

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