The Armory Art Center is currently showcasing “Tropicália Remix,” a solo exhibition by American interdisciplinary artist Peter D. Gerakaris through March 18.
Drawing upon elements from his recent Cornell Tech commission Tropicália – an immersive 2,000-square-foot site-specific installation – Gerakaris will present a selection of new mixed media works on canvas along with a large mural segment from the original show.
The exhibition will also feature an ambient soundtrack of exotic music from Tropicália, created by New York composer/producer Trevor Gureckis.
Co-organized with the Cornell Club of Eastern Florida and curated by Cornell alumna Heather Zises, Founder of (READ)art, the exhibit will be showcased in the Armory Art Center’s East Gallery.
Visitors are invited to enjoy an interactive color experience by wearing ChromaDepth 3D glasses (provided by the gallery) which “lift” certain colors off the surface while pushing other colors “behind” the surface.
Tropicália Remix will unfold in two phases. The first phase at the main gallery wall will feature a five-foot vertical scroll-banner inspired by the artist’s Mask Series. For the second phase, the artist will be on site to install a 19-foot-wide “Tropicália Jungle” mural vignette transplanted from the original Cornell Tech site.
Gerakaris’ distinctive “Post-Pop Botanic” style presents a post-natural vision of nature as if diffracted through a pop-cultural lens – a space where nature and culture converge.
His artwork has been exhibited around the globe at venues such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Chinese Contemporary (Beijing) and the National Academy of Fine Arts.
Gerakaris employs motifs such as poisonous flowers, beauty vs. toxicity and our fractured relationship with the natural environment.
“Perhaps Tropicália Remix parallels the hypercoherence of our contemporary world – a global civilization that is growing almost as wildly and chaotically as nature itself,” says Gerakaris.
The Armory Art Center is at 1700 Parker Ave. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 832-1776 or go online to armoryart.org.
Pictured above is a private collection piece by Peter Gerakaris titled,” Carnivale Kriol Mask Two Feathers Remix Commission,” Acrylic & mixed media on canvas.