Joel Mesler: In the Beginning

In the Beginning is a solo exhibition of new paintings by the Los Angeles artist Joel Mesler, which uses words and images to draw inspiration from childhood memories and life experiences, and brings personal impressions into close contact with cultural touchstones and elements of universal human consciousness.

The works on display in the exhibition consist of bold stylized patterns that represent the leaves of banana trees and other plants, as well as animal forms, pools and sun. In terms of themes and styles, the tropical flora and fauna in the paintings are reminiscent of the jungle imagined by Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau, as well as the iconic forms of mid-twentieth century decorative art such as printed wallpaper depicting exoticism. In these scenes, the artist added phrases presented in the script, trying to incorporate the formation of letters and their integration into his works.

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