Gabriel Mejia has been involved in a multi-year project of sourcing subjects for his paintings through social media sites such as Facebook; friending others with the same name as himself and incorporating their identities into his work using himself as a model.
With this most recent series of paintings, he has synthesized the various identities of others into a single subject, who is masked and engaged in mundane daily actiivities. These works serve to shatter the artifice and illusion of manufactured identity, and expose the fundamentally banal nature of daily existence. The hero commutes, eats breakfast, does his laundry. He is everyman.
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