Gabriel Shuldiner’s paleo-futuristic compositions are investigative, visionary and step outside of time
Gabriel J. Shuldiner is NYC’s prince of darkness and premier ‘art brut minimalist.’ His work slips almost imperceptibly between paint and depicted form, figuration and killer, clusterfuck abstraction. His hardcore hybrid mash ups—mainly installations, paintings and ornaments (wearable ones, too!)—will rattle your nerves and shake your senses. In his nerve-shredding aesthetic shot over Minimalism’s bow, Gabriel subjects everyday objects to a transformation that lends them to an unsettling yet sublime air. Punk rock, moody metal, existential angst, social strife and cosmic singularities are recurrent themes in his oeuvre, which fascinate and stimulate through their slick varnishes, multi-dimensional surface areas, manic Möbius bulges and all out aggressive art of darkness.
His paintings, sculptures and wearable decor are enigmatic entities that transmute paint into various viscous masses wherever he can: charcoal colored configurations punctuated with pops of neon yellow, blue and red; shifting viscosities and rich pigments that resemble dense magma-like spumes; site-specific interventions fashioned from twisted steel, odd implements embedded in torched tar, stained wood with luminescent color flecks, and frenetic formations that deliver the mind’s eye to topographies of thrill and shrill. “I see a lot of gallery work lately and it looks so delicate and pristine. My work is more moody and severe,” says Gabriel from his atelier-cum-art-lair in midtown. “It has qualities of aggressiveness and chaos but is also refined and tempered…I’m really happy with the current aesthetic direction, which is based on ancient elements, pomo architecture and astrophysical violence (like carbon forms, spectral geometries and black hole entropy).” Gabriel has even pioneered his own proprietary hue—a version of carbon black, of course—that he has dubbed POSTAPOCALYPTICBLACK™.