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Established Gallery is pleased to present the first exhibition of our 2023 Fall season. "and there was nowhere left to run" is a solo exhibition by Xavier Petromelis and his first show at Established Gallery. The exhibition will open on Friday, September 8th and run through Sunday, October 1st.


An opening reception will be help on Friday, September 8th from 7-9pm.

and there was nowhere left to run is about the absurd, humorous, romantic, and considerably apocalyptic times we are currently experiencing. The exhibition and title pull inspiration from a quote found in author and poet John Elizabeth Stintzi’s novel My Volcano: “...they knew that everyone in the world was in danger, and there was nowhere left to run.”

The title of and work made for and there was nowhere left to run allude to our collective confrontation and reconciliation of the cultural zeitgeist. Using a visual language informed by cartoons and illustrative media, I have synthesized malleable, energetic, and often joyous environments that are – albeit steeped in the artifice of human intervention – optimistic yet catastrophic.

About the artist

Xavier Petromelis was born in Bronx, NY, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his B.F.A. from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in 2016. He is a printmaker and painter, and his work typically oscillates between drawing, painting, printed and digital media, with a current emphasis on painting.

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