Phillip John Velasco Gabriel's paintings attend to the spaces within and around images. Intimately scaled portraits are rendered in painted expanses. The images are of thermographs - which are generated from the heat given off by non-visible, infrared radiation.
Graphic compositions prompt an awareness of interface and the formal strategies that stratify information by delineating a thing from its surroundings. The spaces in-between - image and field or object and wall - draw attention to the mechanisms that lodge images into everyday awareness. This movement points to a temporal teleology of images, as in scrolling or film stills, but also to a teleology of depth, as in how far the act of viewing might penetrate into any object or occurrence, or how present modes of image consumption establish modes of experience and stimulation based almost entirely on the surface of images.
Employing traditional painting techniques, and a form of photography that cannot be divorced from its technological basis, Gabriel directs awareness beyond acclimatized tendencies in viewing.