LGDR is pleased to present Joel Mesler: Spiritual Journey at the Long Museum (West Bund), the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in Asia—opening February 19 to April 18, 2023. Encompassing around 50 paintings, the presentation will illuminate Mesler’s signature artistic style—characterized by bold colors, stylized patterns, bright figuration, and unique calligraphic scripts. As the title suggests, the exhibition will reveal aspects of Mesler’s personal and artistic growth, allowing viewers to evolve alongside the artist as they travel through the exhibition space.
The exhibition brings together for the first time Mesler’s large-scale triptychs. Featuring the artist’s imagined environments—lush jungles and aqueous pools among them—the triptychs constitute Mesler’s most defining, expansive, and unrestrained pictorial works, and represent a culmination of his series. With this exhibition, the artist shares his insights toward self-actualization with viewers through painted tableaux that encourage self-knowledge, reflection, and imagination.
Image: Joel Mesler. “Untitled (Spiritual Journey),” 2022 © Joel Mesler, courtesy LGDR