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Art in the Garden: Repetition in Design


Darcy Hector – Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800, ext. 330

Flushing, NY – January 25, 2013 –Queens Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition on Wednesday, January 23 in the Gallery of its Visitor and Administration Building: “Repetition in Design” a series of oil paintings on canvas by Queens artist Gennadyi Gurman.  Mr. Gurman is the supervising museum instructor at QBG, teaching classes on ecology and ethnobotany, writing curriculum and maintaining and creating exhibits.

Alongside the completed works, some of their inspiring original sketches will also be shown.  Mr. Gurman describes his creative process for the series as an exploration of life inside the repetitive shapes from which each image started.  The paintings are not determined until the shapes themselves start to build their own images, hence the concept of repetition in design.

While the pieces have familiar forms from nature, some pieces progress towards dimension and movement, while others specify the simplicity of the flat canvas.  “Some of these pieces are influenced by the way the 8-bit video games from the 80’s looked, also from cartoons; but all show a bright color contrast- they show life.”

The exhibit also demonstrates Mr. Gurman’s interest in using reclaimed materials.  He salvages frames and other parts from abandoned and forgotten pictures and paintings thrown out by others.  “For me, there wasn’t any ‘higher order of thinking’ while creating my pieces, but that they came to life after repetition.  I just want others to enjoy them, have fun, and find them aesthetically pleasing.”

“Repetition in Design” is ongoing through April 15, 2013.  For more information about this exhibit or Queens Botanical Garden, please contact Darcy Hector at (718) 886-3800, ext. 330, or


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