A public garden & cultural center

Peter D. Gerakaris

Call & Response | September 10–December 3, 2017

Pictured above: Ventana Origami Sculpture, 2017, mixed-media on YUPO with painted figurines, custom wallpaper. 30 x 12 x 10 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Wave Hill. Photo: Stefan Hagen

Wave Hill’s natural environment inspired the imagery used in Ventana Origami Sculpture, a versatile, stand-alone work that doubles as a model for a large-scale, public pavilion. The project reflects the direction of Gerakaris’s career following his 2007 Sunroom Project. For this new work, he prints and paints a kaleidoscopic composition on the surface of an origami sculpture installed on a mirrored surface, accentuating its colors and forms. Custom wallpaper covers the pedestal to emphasize the shape of the sculpture, resulting in a highly stylized vision of nature experienced through contemporary cultural filters.

Sunroom Project Space | March 3–April 15, 2007

Spectrumorphosis, installation view, 2007, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. 

Peter D. Gerakaris’ first site-specific work, Spectrumorphosis strives to synthesize atmospheric light with the sunroom environment. Playing with the color spectrum, Gerakaris seeks to harmonize hot and cool tones that usually are used in contrast with one another. Sunlight filters into the room through vinyl gels painted with vibrant botanical and biomorphic imagery, generating a tropical reversal of the winter landscape. A stereographic wall mural with botanical silhouettes suggestive of retinal after-images covers the north wall to enhance the viewer's experience of the total environment. Several plants capture the filtered light on their broad leaves, heightening the tropical artifice. Gerakaris’ exploration of the relationship between light and color produces rhythmic patterns throughout the room, creating an immersive experience for visitors.



Spectrumorphosis, installation view, 2007, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. 

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.