ON VIEWLUKAS GERONIMAS: VARIETY GARDEN
Variety Garden is a place, a preference, and a style. Think of it as a state of mind. You’re a painter by trade, let’s say, but your passion is horticulture. You’re a cultivator, propagating your tubers and bulbs, planting and pruning. At a party, you roll your eyes at the haughty guy listing off every French painter who painted a garden, or while in a garden, but then you recall the first time you saw Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights and can’t help but smile. Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett’s “Avant Gardener” is playing on the radio during the ride home, a real toe-tapper. “I was never good at smoking bongs, I’m not that good at breathing in.” Variety garden is also wildflowers and native grasses, feral lawns, and remembering that even weeds have a name. Maybe you don’t care much for gardening but believe landscape architecture is art. Going to parks just to pay attention to their design becomes a pastime. You visit Versailles but never make it inside.
Lukas Geronimas (b. 1980 in Toronto, Canada, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) employs painstaking attention to detail and the highest level of craft to create otherworldly sculptures that call into question preconceived notions of materiality and useful form. His work often contains found or gifted material that is obsessively reconditioned to become unrecognizable from its original state. It is through this alchemical process that his forms find meaning. Recent solo exhibitions include those held at Parker Gallery, Los Angeles (2022) and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (2021). This is Lukas’s second solo exhibition with David Petersen Gallery
ART WEEK EVENTPETERSON’S PANCAKES
View Variety Garden, a solo presentation by Lukas Geronimas, and enjoy David Peterson’s Pancakes!
4116 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407
Sat 12–5pm; Appointments Encouraged
Image: Lukas Geronimas. (Many) Aspects of a Garden Path, with Garden Window, 2023. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.