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 2019 – 18 January 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October 2019 – 18 January 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October 2019 – 18 January 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos, Special delivery, 2019

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

Press release

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October 2019 – 18 January 2020, 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 2019 – 18 January 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October 2019 – 18 January 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Gerasimos Floratos

There's a sidewalk inside this gut

26 October 2019 – 18 January 2020, 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 2019 – 18 January 2020, Tanya Leighton, Berlin

Tanya Leighton

Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

5 – 8 December 2019

Preview: 3 – 5 December

Hiroka Yamashita
At Kurfürstenstraße 156
Until 18 January 2020

Christine Roland & Ruby Barber
At Kurfürstenstraße 156
Until 18 January 2020

Felix LA

13 – 16 February 2020

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

Marianne Wex

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Barbican Centre, London; Luma Foundation, Arles, and Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
2020

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