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Joshua Gabriel
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Ditmas Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: I create visual/auditory experiences using line, color, music and persona to conjure a mythic, imagined reality. The work is project-based and can take the form of immersive environments, murals, paintings, albums, videos. Obsessive, improvised line drawings act as a jumping-off point, covering walls and personal sacred objects, projected into rooms and onto ready-mades. Abstract shapes inspired by the forms and patterns of nature morph with figurative elements: human faces, animals, ancient statues. Saturated and metallic colors play a starring role. Influences from different epochs inform the aesthetic. Psychedelia is employed, but in a mutated, updated fashion. Mythologized versions of my own ego are alluded to and sometimes make appearances in the work. Personae are created and then tossed aside. The work alchemizes visual art and music to manifest a mental space for viewers to peek into, be entertained by, identify with. For years I have maintained a prolific and nonsensical career in the New York underground: exhibiting drawing-consumed canvases while simultaneously performing and recording a bizarre range of music. Mom was a Philadelphia painter. I started out as a graphic designer, moved to the big city, and subsequently dived into a seething, vibrant, underground art/club/music/dance scene. Politics informed the work for certain phases, but later, a craving for the spiritual, the cosmic, led to a new path. Recent years have yielded some large street murals, connecting themes of interconnectedness, history, and cosmic consciousness to a broad public audience. As we move forward into the unknown, the work will continue to spill out in unforeseen directions, always seeking to remind its audience that underneath the horrors of contemporary society, life is still beautifully mysterious, unfathomable, miraculous.
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  • 601 Mural Video
    2018
    Video, latex, acrylic and enamel paint
    10 x 10 ft.
    A mural/video hybrid created at 601 Artspace for the Brooklyn College MFA Thesis Exhibition (2018), entitled "If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."

  • Still from "the joshuagabriel show"
    2018
    Video Projections onto actor Jordan Patrice
    Line drawings colored in photoshop and projected onto a moving actor.

  • White face makeup projections (still)
    2019
    video projections on face
    4 x 3 ft.
    Still from a video of moving line drawings which are colored digitally and projected onto my face covered in white makeup.

  • Projected Self (hat)
    2018
    video projections onto body
    20 x 12 ft.
    Drawings projected onto my body. An imagined image manifested in physical reality.

  • Projections onto Statue bust
    2019
    video projections, metallic paint, enamel, plaster statue
    11 x 7 ft.
    Documentation - video projections of animated line drawings onto a painted statue bust.

  • All Things Are Possible
    2017
    Interior paint, ink, red astroturf, readymade objects
    120 sq. feet
    A site-specific and ephemeral piece, created from January - July 2017 in my 1st year MFA studio at Brooklyn College.

  • All Things Are Possible (corner)
    2017
    interior paint, ink, red astroturf, readymade objects
    120 sq. feet
    A site-specific and ephemeral piece, created from January - July 2017 using latex, indoor, and enamel paint, red astroturf, chair, and acoustic guitar.

  • Gold Record
    2018
    ink, enamel paint, spray paint on vinyl records
    12" circle
    An old record from my DJ sets turned into a visual piece of art.

  • Self Mythologization
    2017
    acrylic, enamel paint, metallic ink onto canvas and clothes
    Photo by Kat Ryals.

  • Another Timeless Moment
    2018
    Acrylic, Spray Paint, Enamel, Ink on Wood
    70 W x 11.3 H x 2.3 in
    Making public murals over the past few years, I've come to love this format of a work which is super wide. The dimensions of the piece mimic some of the murals I've created on the streets of

  • Mural 1
    2013
    exterior paint, spray paint, metallic ink on concrete bricks
    65 x 10 ft.
    ph. by Eraj Asadi of myself in front of a section of a mural commissioned by International Stone Collections at their Bedford-Stuyvesant location.

  • Mural 1 (heads detail)
    2013
    exterior paint, spray paint, metallic ink on concrete bricks
    65 x 10 ft.
    Detail of a large outdoor mural commissioned by International Stone Collections on Myrtle Ave. in Bedstuy, Brooklyn.

  • Mural 1: Myrtle Ave. (Singer detail)
    2012
    Paint marker, exterior paint, spray paint on concrete
    60 x 10 ft.
    Outdoor mural for International Stone Collections in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

  • Form and Force Mural
    2016
    liquid acrylic on wall
    10 x 12 ft.
    Site-specific mural for Annual resident showcase at Trestle Gallery.

  • Lion
    2013
    Digital C-print (marker, photoshop)
    24 x 60"

  • Cosmic Sneaker
    2013
    Digital C-print (marker, photoshop)
    36 x 25"

  • Book of Gemini
    2011
    Digital C-print (marker, photoshop)
    48 x 48"
    Cover for CD of original music.

  • Divided
    2008
    Marker, photoshop
    18 x 24"

  • Ravi Mountain
    2009
    Marker, watercolor on paper
    11 x 14"

  • They Are All Me
    2012
    Mixed media on un-stretched canvas
    36 x 60"
 








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