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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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ARTIST RESUME:


Education
2018 MFA, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
1996 BFA in graphic design, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Public Art
2017 Mural, 362 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, NY
2016 Mural, Yaar restaurant, Astoria, Queens, NY
2015 Security gate mural, 100 Gates NYC project, New York, NY
2015 Mural, Hey Hey Canteen restaurant, Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
2014 Mural, Sneakah Boutique, Teaneck, NJ
2013 Two murals, International Stone Collections, Bedford-Stuveysant, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Exhibitions
2018 If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash, 601 Artspace, New York, NY (Group)
2017 Form and Force, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Group)
2016 Brooklyn Art Space Winter Member Salon, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Group)
2015 Brooklyn Art Space Summer Member Salon, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Group)
2014 Reuse Remixed: Small Works Show, Materials For The Arts, L.I.C., NY (Group)
2013 Windows at Garmany, Spring 2013, James Yarosh Associates Fine Art Gallery (Solo)
2013 MicroCosmic, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (3-person)
2012 Portraits, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (3-person)
2010 Kinetics Presents, Gestalt Haus, San Francisco, CA (Group)
2008 New Works, Fusion, Santa Cruz, CA (Solo)
2007 Between the Lines, Dalva, San Francisco, CA (Solo)
2005 The Hierographyx Installation, Qbix Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Solo)
2004 New Works, Teddy’s, Brooklyn, NY (Solo)
2004 On Top of My Game, Laila Lounge, Brooklyn, NY (2-Person)
2003 Enter Fire, Mata-Lopez Gallery, New York, NY (Solo)

Residency
2016 Open Studio Residency, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (Group)
Selected

Online Periodicals
Lois Stavsky, “Brooklyn-based Artist Joshua Gabriel Fashions Two Elegant Murals in Bedford-Stuyvesant,
Brooklyn,” Street Art NYC, June 25, 2013
Paul DeBenedetto, “Bed-Stuy Stone Mason Unveils New Mural on Myrtle Avenue,” DNAinfo, July 1, 2013
Vanessa Walker, “The Writing On The Wall,” A.R.T.S.Y. Magazine, July 12, 2013
Print Media
2011 ‘Goddess’ and eIght other works, Gigantic Sequins Literary Arts Journal, Issue 4
2010 ‘Ravi Mountain’, Brooklyn Review, Volume 6:12

Online
website: joshuagabriel.com
instagram: @joshuagabrielstudio
facebook: @joshuagabrielstudio
 








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