Peter Granados
Vaudeville and a Trinomial Cube, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 26 inches

Peter Granados
Key, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 26 inches

Peter Granados
Night, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches

Peter Granados
Potager, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
60 x 66 inches

Peter Granados
House, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
30 x 30 inches

Peter Granados
Agent, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
62 x 72 inches

Peter Granados
Dionysia, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 88 inches

Peter Granados
The Homeopathic Dream, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 76 inches

Peter Granados
Lewis Carroll School, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches

Peter Granados
The Stable, 2017
Acrylic on canvas
54 x 48 inches

Peter Granados

In Search of the Miraculous

November 1 – December 3, 2017

Sargent's Daughters is pleased to present In Search of the Miraculous, an exhibition of new paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Peter Granados.  This will be Granados' first exhibition with the gallery, and will be on view fromWednesday, November 1st through December 3rd, 2017.

Granados spent his childhood in a California "Fourth Way School" -- an organization committed to the esoteric practices and "systems of self-development" introduced by early 20th century Russian mystic, G.I. Gurdjieff, and the exhibition title takes its name from the book In Search of the Miraculous by P.D. Ouspensky, who was a student of Gurdjieff's.  

Unlike most esoteric organizations that came into being in California during the early 1970's, this one grew prosperous. By the early 1990's it had amassed thousands of international followers and cultivated a fantastic 360 acre property complete with vineyards, orchards, a rose garden, restaurants, a private school for members' children, a Shakespeare company, a ballet company, an art gallery, and several mansions. The group's compound, community, and profound commitment to living a life surrounded by beauty, all made a strong impression on Granados. This surreal experience  provided him with a universe of characters, places and ideas which he used for fictional writing and painting. As Granados reflects on his experiences in the group, he sorts through the difference between an apparently wonderful memory and a more sinister shrouded reality.

Granados begins his paintings by writing short stories.  All of the stories address what he sees as the fraudulent appropriation of eastern spiritualism prevalent in northern California.  Each story is divided into vignettes which are then sub-categorized by scale, color, and density before being placed into a composition.  Eventually, the story is abandoned as Granados adjusts  to the new demands of the painting's surface, color, or composition.  The remaining elements of the story take on a new life in the subsequent paintings, each becoming an anchor for the overall rendering.  Large abstract brush strokes and stains are interspersed like punctuation between the formal figurative elements.  The paintings hover on the surface of the canvas, unveiling hidden tales upon closer inspection and leading the viewer into a narrative framework that hints at the deeper meaning beneath the charming exterior.

Peter Granados (b. 1989, Chicago, IL)  lives and works in Queens and Brooklyn, NY. He received his BFA from Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri 2011. He is a recipient of the 2011-2012 Urban Culture Project Studio Residency, Charlotte Street Foundation. This is his first solo exhibition at Sargent's Daughters.