11:11, a solo show featuring the works of Peter Gregorio
On view: November 16 - December 17
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 16, 6-8pm
E.TAY Gallery is pleased to present 11:11, a solo exhibition featuring the works of Peter Gregorio. His paintings, prints, and installation create pieces and experiences that remix a given architecture with new cultural landscapes influenced by contemporary ideas in cosmology. In working to conceptualize information theory and connect forms of interdisciplinary knowledge through artistic practice, Gregorio references conversations with theoretical cosmologists, science fiction writers, and experimental musicians for his ongoing body of work. This exhibition features various media portraying multiple dimensions and structures obtained from philosophies in physics and mathematics.
His latest series of paintings depict individual photographs that have each been manipulated into different forms through an algorithm. These forms are then layered on top of each other creating a visual metaphor for multiple states of the same reality. Recently, Gregorio’s inspiration stems from theoretical cosmologist Max Tegmark’s book Our Mathematical Universe which explores how our “physical reality is a mathematical structure.” Tegmark’s hypothesis investigates the topic of the “multiverse” — the idea that our universe is part of some larger unobservable structure. Gregorio explores these unseen structures by experimenting with recurring observable patterns in math and nature.
The phrase “11:11” has exceptional meaning to Gregorio. Its ubiquity is a phenomenon whose significance is, to some, auspicious. Why do these symmetrical numbers appear suspiciously often when we look at the clock? Why do we attach meaning to it? Gregorio’s work symbolizes this kind of wonder. He uses images of pi, fractals, and other repeating mathematical patterns to channel a grander state and purpose. By inspecting Gregorio’s works we can, in turn, reflect more deeply on the existence of present day life, the capacities and limitations of scientific knowledge, and the responsibilities that each of us has towards our subsequent generations and this (or any other) universe.
Curated by Christina Papanicolaou