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  • Sebastian Wahl, “AN-TEN-AE”

  • Sebastian Wahl, “Kaleidoscope Vision 1” (detail)

  • Sebastian Wahl, “So Hum”


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Sebastian Wahl’s “Psychedelic Gravy for the Receptive Mind” show at Joseph Gross Gallery

New York-based artist and HG Issue’s contributor Sebastian Wahl will present next week, on February 5, his new exhibition at Joseph Gross Gallery, New York. Titled “Psychedelic Gravy For the Receptive Mind”, his first solo show with the gallery will feature three new circular works, Kaleidoscope Vision (1 and 2) and Third Eye Vision, which are inspired by the traditional Thangka paintings of Nepal and Tibet. Wahl also prepared 7 small pieces, titled Juju Elves, which are made with the intention to protect their owners’ home from harm, evoking the West African Juju amulets to which were attributed supernatural powers.

The Swedish artist has become famous for his intricate collages made out from cutouts and handmade papers that he has been collecting with passion for the last 20 years. Wahl takes them out form their original context in order to create his large scale, psychedelic compositions that are trapped under multiple layers of resin. His works pay homage to sacred geometry, symmetry and repetition, merging religious references, organic forms and pop culture iconography in order to stimulate the spectator’s spirituality and awaken his imagination.

“Collage is my medium, resin is just the gravy on top”, says Wahl. “The mystical experience has always been a point of reference for my work so Psychedelic Gravy For the Receptive Mind seemed like a fitting title for the exhibition,” he continues. Psychedelic Gravy for the Receptive Mind will remain on view from February 5–28, 2015, at Joseph Gross Gallery, 548 W 28th Street, New York.