'Can't Hear My Mind', 2018, ink on paper, 70×54 cm
Born St-Niklaas (BE)
Josse Pyl uses the potential of language as a way to shape both reality and fiction. In his work, he explores the visual translation of communication as idea and material form in our daily environment, from its function to its graphical representation and on to its subsequent reception. This includes the ways in which communication merely consists of abstract characters, physical choreography, and mechanical messages. As such, Josse uses visual, kinetic, and sculptural shapes in order to expose the machinery behind those marks that connect one human to another.
The works on show reconsider the act of writing images and ideas into the world that simultaneously literally shape it, and explore the ways we understand the world through the forms of its writing. In this way, Josse’s devices, drawings, and objects could be considered as characters or symbols that are part of a story that gradually unfolds through a physical grammar. He constructs a separate linguistic world that is pervaded by its own logic, making familiar patterns of communication both tangible and alienating.