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High Art: Sebastian Wahl’s Psychedelic Gravy for the Receptive Mind



Sebastian Wahl carefully places handmade papers and images between layers and layers of resin. The result is a collage time capsule with real shadows cast within each piece. “Collage is  my medium, resin is just the gravy on top,” says the artist. Furthermore, he adds, “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.” Wahl’s goal is to trigger an awakening of imagination, spirituality and vision.

In Wahl’s work, everything is balanced with the attention of a tightrope walker. This attention to balance transforms into symmetry and repetition in the three new circular works that he created for the exhibition. These three pieces are titled Kaleidoscope Vision (1 and 2) and Third Eye Vision and are loosely inspired by traditional Thangka painting. Sebastian also created a new series of seven small pieces that he refers to as the Juju Elves. The works are charged with positive energy and the intention of protecting their owner’s home.

Originally from Stockholm, Swedish, artist Sebastian Wahl now resides in New York City. Using labor-intensive handmade-collage techniques as well as digital processes, Sebastian Wahl produces multi-layered resin encapsulated collage works characterized by concentric composition strategies, colorful landscapes and various narrative elements.Images from pop culture, religious iconography and organic forms are remixed into compositions that are at once disorienting and contemplative. Wahl’s astonishingly detailed works are culled from a collection of handmade papers and images that he began obsessively collecting over 20 years ago. Wahl meticulously isolates the images from their original reality by cutting them out using an X-Acto knife. The process he developed in 2006 invites play with three-dimensionality by lending a sculptural feeling and quality to the works.

See examples of his stunning work below.

Sebastian Wahl's Psychedelic Gravy for the Receptive Mind will be on exhibit at Joseph Gross Gallery (548 W 28th St. Ste 232, NY, NY 10001) from Feb 5 to Feb 28. Opening Reception is Thursday, Feb 5 at 6pm to 8pm. [Click for info.]

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Third Eye Vision by Sebastin Wahl

Jimi Hendrix 1 by Sebastian Wahl


Cosmic Plunge by Sebastian Wahl


Kaleidoscope Vision 1 by Sebastian Wahl

Kaliucifer by Sebastian Wahl