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EGOMYSTiCAL (installation view)
Video projections, fiberglass mannequins, canvas, paint, ink, fabric and rotating devices.

Solo pop-up exhibition EGOMYSTiCAL at The Living Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY.


From press release: The painted and spinning mannequins, colored light projections, video performances, and hypnotic beat of EGOMYSTiCAL create a portal where artist Joshua Gabriel alchemizes his ego into a hybrid space of color, light, movement, and music. The exhibition is inspired by the idea that our egoic journey is guided and permeated by the mystical and spiritual planes of existence toward the goal of self-knowledge, and ultimately transcendence into the greater consciousness.

EGOMYSTiCAL
video (projected), painted records spinning on turntables, gold fabric
12 x 6 ft.

Title piece from EGOMYSTiCAL solo pop-up exhibition at The Living Gallery, Brooklyn.

Mary
fiberglass mannequin with spray paint and silver metallic ink, video projections, fabric
32"x 14"x 14"

From EGOMYSTiCAL solo pop-up exhibition at The Living Gallery, Brooklyn.

Spinning Through Eternity (foreground) / Masked Spirit (background)
Fiberglass mannequin with spray paint and bronze metallic ink, mixed media on canvas, video projections
(installation view)

From EGOMYSTiCAL solo pop-up exhibition at The Living Gallery, Brooklyn.

EGOMYSTICAL (ceiling view)
video projections on gallery walls

From EGOMYSTiCAL solo pop-up exhibition at The Living Gallery, Brooklyn.

EGOMYSTiCAL (installation view)

Press release (continued):

The painted and spinning mannequins, colored light projections, video performances, and hypnotic beat of EGOMYSTiCAL create a portal where artist Joshua Gabriel alchemizes his ego into a hybrid space of color, light, movement, and music. The exhibition is inspired by the idea that our egoic journey is guided and permeated by the mystical and spiritual planes of existence toward the goal of self-knowledge, and ultimately transcendence into the greater consciousness.


One wall of the gallery is taken up with a shrine-like arrangement. A mannequin found in the attic of the artist’s mother stands in the center, covered in spray paint and drawings, and illuminated by moving and highly saturated video projections. These projections are made from jG's pattern of hand drawn line-work (which is scanned, colored in Photoshop, animated in Premiere, then unleashed onto physical space). The central figure is flanked by two painted mannequin busts spinning endlessly on hidden turntables. This trio creates an altar composed of figurative objects which have been personalized by the artist’s hand; the rotating, generic humanoid heads a symbol of the repetition of our daily lives but also the cyclical nature of life.


On the opposite wall a video performance of the artist posing within projections sits in an arch shape, surrounded by a symmetrical arrangement of painted vinyl records, which slowly spin on the wall. In the public sphere, and now on social media, we project an idealized version of ourselves to the seemingly external society. jG takes the inherent narcissism of being human in our hyper-capitalist, dystopian society and turns it into a ritual of self-mythology; casting his own drawings back onto his body and then projecting it onto the gallery wall. The pandemic makes an appearance in the large canvas Masked Spirit - in which a giant face rendered with thick lines of metallic gold ink looks out from the picture plane into the collective eye; it’s mouth and nose covered with a Covid mask. Elsewhere a full mannequin spins slowly through infinity lit by more colored light projections, which also seep onto the gallery floor. The mid-sized room pulses with slow, droning original music in waltz time, the song You’ve Been Lying Again by the artists with collaborator adrienne maree brown on vocals.


EGOMYSTiCAL is an exploration of the purpose of the ego within the esoteric traditions, a journey through mediums to find the artist’s place in a sacred lineage of truth-seekers, mystics, and heretics.

White Brick Projections
video projections created from line drawings digital colored and animated.
9 x 12 ft.

From 4 person group exhibition LUMINA at Local Project Art Space, Long Island City, NY


From press release:

Local Project Art Space is pleased to present LUMINA, a group exhibition of site specific installations curated by Tristen Demmett. Lumina interprets the multitude of ways light can be created and utilized by means of projection in dialogue with three-dimensional objects and space. The exhibition includes works by New York based artists Valeria Divinorum, Dario Mohr, Jonathan Sims, and Joshua Gabriel. The artists come together to fabricate a unique space of co-existing luminescence, sculptural objects, and projections in conversation with one another. Light is created and manipulated to react upon the artist’s crafted physical object, and simultaneously produces shadows and refractions that are just as important. Hand drawn patterns are projected as moving, colored light onto brick walls. These works speak to the phenomenon of the effect that wavelengths of light can have on the human psyche.

My Sacred Ego Dreamscape (front view)
installation
234 sq ft.

From iLLUSiONAL, five person group exhibition at Chashama, Union Square, New York, NY

The installation consists of two mannequin busts (covered in paint and line drawings) spinning on hidden turntables, painted and drawn acoustic guitar and vinyl records, 3 tracks of video projections, original music, and a painted chair in which viewers can sit.

My Sacred Ego Dreamscape (detail: left mannequin)
installation
234 sq ft.

From iLLUSiONAL, five person group exhibition at Chashama, Union Square, New York, NY

(detail: acoustic guitar with projections)
installation

From iLLUSiONAL, five person group exhibition at Chashama, Union Square, New York, NY

My Sacred Ego Dreamscape (detail, left side)
installation

From iLLUSiONAL, five person group exhibition at Chashama, Union Square, New York, NY

My Sacred Ego Dreamscape (medium view)
installation
234 sq. ft.

From iLLUSiONAL, five person group exhibition at Chashama, Union Square, New York, NY


From the press release:

The artist takes ideas from the invisible realms and manifests them into physical or digital reality. The artist transforms raw materials into new forms and literally creates worlds out of thin air. These magical acts are conjured out of a necessity to create artifacts that express the concerns and obsessions of the greater consciousness through the individual. The artists in this show perform alchemy on their chosen mediums to question power, decode memory, investigate personal mythology, and gather psychic and spiritual energy.

My Sacred Ego Dreamscape (with @mrs_newyork_knicks)
installation

From iLLUSiONAL, five person group exhibition at Chashama, Union Square, New York, NY

My Sacred Ego Dreamscape (detail)
installation

From iLLUSiONAL, five person group exhibition at Chashama, Union Square, New York, NY

My Sacred Ego Dreamscape (detail)
installation

From iLLUSiONAL, five person group exhibition at Chashama, Union Square, New York, NY

My Sacred Ego Dreamscape (detail)
installation

From iLLUSiONAL, five person group exhibition at Chashama, Union Square, New York, NY