We like Joshua Hagler, so much that we’ve even hit the “like” button of his facebook page (and we don’t usually do that…), this American who loves to play games with himself (…) and other people has an explosive side we had to write about…
“Extracting from a patchwork of Western religious myths, the paintings work as a reconstruction of these traditions into a narrative exegesis tailor-made for the Religious America. n growing up in a complex array of Christian communities and later ostracized, I find myself obsessed with hidden agendas, messianic iconography, and the burden of unquestioned belief. Suggestive narratives are repeated in numerous paintings and installations, assuming various guises, but reflective of the same psychological dynamic vibrating like a seizure in the fold between reason and madness.”
Some crude, cruel & abstract realism he’s currently exhibiting (with George Pfau) @ the New York Reaves Gallery (only until this Saturday, sorry for the short notice). “Dark, disturbing, nightmarish” you choose the adjective that best suits his electric sheep dreams, we already did.
Much more of his works & latests 3D works on his webpage. Enjoy.