When I was young, I would wear my mom’s aquamarine, paisley chiffon skirt as a dress. I would put on Devo and jump and spin around on her bed, twirling faster until all I could see was the chiffon floating around me.

 

Through my drag persona, Sunset Blush, I explore traditional binaries as sites of play. Drawing on everything from art history to contemporary modes of queerness, my practice is deeply rooted in using aesthetics and frivolity as revolutionary tools. I explore a variety of mediums as meditative tools to access the subconscious, believing that our complex interiors hold the keys to our collective liberation. Sunset Blush’s world plays with beauty, flamboyance, and far-out fantasy; I look forward to a future where every bitch can feel their fantasy too.

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BIO

Josh Cabello is a visual artist, curator, and drag queen born in 1997 in Los Angeles. He graduated from Brown University in 2019 with an A.B. in both Visual Art and English. He has exhibited at venues including the RISD Museum, Providence, RI; the Cohen Gallery, Providence, RI; Rare Cafe, Los Angeles, CA; and performed in the LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA. His solo show, Extra New Topographics, at the List Arts Center in RI, led him to receive the Belsky-Moranis award. He most recently curated a group show, titled Like Water, at SoLA Contemporary in Los Angeles June 2021.

Education 

2015-2019

Brown University, Providence, RI

A.B. Visual Art, A.B. English (Honors)

Fall 2017

Universidad Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Summer 2014

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

Exhibitions

*denotes one or two person show

2019

Extra New Topographics*, List Art Center, Providence, RI

2019

Brown University's 39th Annual Juried Exhibition, Cohen Gallery, Providence, RI

2018

Meet and Greet with Sunset Blush*, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

2018

Studio 221*, List Art Center, Providence, RI

2018

The Second Show, List Art Center, Providence, RI

2018

Oh, Wait., List Art Center, Providence, RI

2018

Rare Cafe, Trade Show Pop-Up, Los Angeles, CA

2018

Rising Senior Show, List Art Center, Providence, RI

2018

Open Studios, List Art Center, Providence, RI

2018

Big Woodcut, List Art Center, Providence, RI

Awards 

2019

Belsky Moranis Award, Visual Art Department, Brown University, Providence, RI

2019

BAI Grant, Brown Arts Initiative, Brown University, Providence, RI

2018

2018

2016

Julie Sloane Fellowship Award, Visual Art Department, Brown University, Providence, RI

Flexible Flyer Fellowship Award, Visual Art Department, Brown University, Providence, RI

Brown Venture Fellowship Award, Swearer Center, Brown University, Providence, RI

Related Experience

2019-Current

Artist's Liaison at Superposition Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Aides in exhibition planning, installing, and opening, communicates with and provides support for represented artists, and aides at art fairs or any related public events

2013-Current

Freelance Design, Los Angeles, CA

Designs apparel, web material, and print material for various artists/organizations including Pluralitees, Fusion Dance Company, Katie Cunningham, and the Tenderloin Opera Company

Fall 2017

Intern at DAQUE, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Aided in exhibition openings, built social media campaigns, created online catalogues, aided in translation, and organized online databases for this contemporary artist collective that worked closely with HILO Gallery.

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