Opening June 9th, 2023
Mirus Gallery San Francisco presents “GLITSHN AROUND” a solo exhibition by Gera1. Emerging street artist hailing from Athens, Greece, this is Gera1’s first solo exhibition in the United States. For this exhibit, Gera1 has created ‘glitch’ paintings on cut aluminum with colorful overlays expressing multiple actions within each piece.
Opening reception: Friday, June 9th, 7pm
Gera is a Visual Artist who started as a graffiti writer at the age of 12. He graduated from the School of Fine Arts and he has participated in numerous exhibitions in countries around the world including Germany, Italy, USA, France, and Luxembourg while in 2019 he had his first solo show in Milano. He has also been invited to festivals like San Hejmo, Gulia Urbana, Pow! Wow! Sweden, Tirana Mural Fest, and Writers Block Murals to name a few.
Gera’s practice focuses on the reinterpretation of reality through the visualization of vibrant, recurring color contrasts. Getting his influence from the aesthetic of glitch art, he attempts to communicate parallel stories narrated through multiple layers of movement, form, and texture.
The Athens-based artist draws inspiration from everyday details. The position of a body, the reflection of light in the bathroom, or a simple movement. His figurative expression becomes part of an abstract language where malfunction, error, and deformation coexist in an environment of harmonic deconstruction. For Gera, the utilization of distortion and visual glitches plays a vital role in the creation of fragmented structures that redefine the limits of the real and the illusion of perfection.
Working on different surfaces, spray paint has accompanied most of his outdoor compositions. However, in his latest work, the big-scale graffiti murals have been conveyed into abstractly designed aluminum canvases that optimize the application of antithetic materials. His experimentation with diverse shapes and forms has contributed to the combination of oil, pastel, and color pencil with current techniques such as waterjet on ACP. Collage, as well as the practice of engraving, have also been a strong reference in his work. The unanticipated relationship between these components constitutes a challenge to the visual experience of Gera’s constantly evolving work. – Text by Lydia Panagou