The 1980's Galleries
The work in both Wings of the 1980's Galleries at www.GerardPas.com represents a period of radical change, if not severe Paradigm Shifts. At the beginning of the eighties and after wrestling with the "monkey on his back," Gerard moved from his homes in Amsterdam and New York City, to a small rural hamlet on the River Rhine in Holland (Betuwe), followed later by a move to Canada. He had come to realize that the pain inflicted on himself during performance's of the seventies, did in fact have a cathartic effect. Contrarily, it also made him feel as though he was empty and again, a sort of freak show star in parallel with his year as the Poster Child. He also realized, based on the legacy of his work till that date, that one of his then current demons was the perception of "Beauty." He began a sojourn which would take him from idealistic investigations of Beauty, the discovery of his spiritual self and the premise that he might make the world a better place. What he found at first was the joy of new discovery and then bitter disappointment in the cognizance that Beauty was indeed relative and fleeting. The works of this period begin with an almost reactionary revolt to his punk days. An awakening of his desire to find joy and put the consternation of his youth behind him. This was followed by a return to his earlier concerns of the 1970's, this time with a more holistic perspective of health / illness or Beauty and Ugliness. With these discoveries came a series of work titled "Red - Blue Works," which brought Gerard back into the attention of the world as his earlier works had done with their intensity.
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