Sine Qua Non by Sebastian Wahl Opens at Allouche Gallery



Sebastian Wahl, The Dream Machine, 2018. Collage and resin on MDF. 51 x 84 in. Image courtesy Allouche Gallery

Sine qua non‘ is derived from Latin and can be translated literally as “Without which, not.” It represents the idea that without (something), (something else) won’t be possible.

In Sebastian Wahl’s new body of work, he explores the contrast between colors and solid black, while incorporating his signature process of arranging images between multiple layers of clear resin to create depth and dimension, creating a sense of zero gravity where images are suspended in time and space

Sebastian Wahl, Roach Mandala, 2008. Marijuana roaches and resin on MDF. 24 x 24 in. Image courtesy Allouche Gallery

To accompany the works on solid black, Wahl will also be serving up a cornucopia of psychedelic landscapes and mandalas, overflowing with symmetry and balance and bursting with colors.

On choose the title for the exhibition Wahl says, “This absolutely essential something for me, is art. Creating and sharing work is a sine qua non for happiness to my mind. “Sine Qua Non” as a concept has been buzzing around in my head for years. It is the perfect metaphor for my chosen medium because a collage simply cannot exist without all of the elements used to compose it.”

Sebastian Wahl, True Story (Negative), 2018, Collage, acrylic paint and resin on MDF. 30 x 23 in. Image courtesy Allouche Gallery

The artist has spent countless hours perfecting each aspect; from the immaculately cut out images to the crystal clear resin. Viewers are treated to surreal and mystical landscapes where completely unrelated images appear as if they were made for one another.

“I am not entirely sure what inspired me to start using solid black backgrounds but it’s bringing out the light in my work so I think I’ll stick with it for now,” said Wahl.

Sebastian Wahl, Sine Qua Non, 2018. Collage and resin on MDF, 60 x 60 in. Image courtesy Allouche Gallery

Sine Qua Non by Sebastian Wahl will have an Opening Reception on Thursday, February 28th from 6-9pm at Allouche Gallery, 82 Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District, NYC.