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Gerasimos Floratos: Soft Bone Journey

A first generation Greek American and native New Yorker, Gerasimos Floratos’ works play with the idea of site specificity and the notion of what it means to be “rooted” in a single place. As Kathy Noble writes: “His paintings, which Floratos describes as psychogeographies—a term coined by Guy Debord in 1955 to explore how different places and situations affect human feeling and behavior, inspired by the French writer Charles Baudelaire’s concept of the flâneur—morph his interior landscapes with elements from the exterior world, weaving snippets of reality into fictional terrains. […] Floratos’s aesthetic education incorporated a variety of things: New York street art, non-classical dance and movement such as capoeira, cartoons, television, folk art, and contemporary artists he discovered, then later met—including Brian Belott, Eddie Martinez, and Nicola Tyson—alongside historical work by Maria Lassnig and Lee Lozano, artists who were overlooked for much of their lives. Floratos is also inspired by artists working outside the structures and networks of the mainstream contemporary art world.” This book has been published on the occasion of the artist’s first solo exhibition in Italy at Armada, Milan, titled Soft Bone Journey.

Text by Kathy Noble

 

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