Aquaverse - Site-Specific Painting
44 inches x 44 inches, Acrylic on canvas, ©2020-2021. Peter D. Gerakaris. Commissioned as a special Site-Specific work for Private Residence & Collection (Hampton Bays, NY) Aquaverse is a bespoke, site-specific painting that organically harmonizes dramatic views of the exterior seascape and landscape with the client's airy, contemporary interior. One’s experience with the artwork and its chromatic effects are ever changing: reflected daylight and shadows move throughout the space and surface of the canvas resulting in ephemeral tonalities from sunrise to sunset. After sundown, a custom-designed lighting system switches on to warmly illuminate the work and residence. In response to these high-contrast lighting conditions, the artist has intentionally amplified the painting’s color palette through a luminous use of shade and hue. Aquaverse’s imagery and carefully chosen format offer a metaphysical window to meditative dimensions. Meanwhile, all motifs and aquatic abstractions are inspired by everything from the micro detail and sacred geometry found within Nautilus and Oyster shells to macro perspectives of oceanic weather patterns. The imagery is meticulously hand-painted layer by layer in a game of call and response over an initial, ethereal background. Beginning on the artist’s studio floor, these initial background washes emerge from a primordial process of drips, dyes, and spills that allow pigments to mingle spontaneously. Color gradients also morph from hot to cool in reference to the seasons outside, while interior features such as a flame’s color temperature (as observed in the fireplace beneath the work) are conjured in this painting’s palette. The luminous white space central to the composition offers a deep atmospheric dimension that evokes an expansive physical & psychic space - a dimension meant to mesmerize. Working directly with the clients and ZTCA Hamptons Architecture from day 1 – on everything from thematic motifs to wall proportions & lighting specs – Aquaverse is seamlessly integrated within its environment as an heirloom statement piece.