Josse Pyl explores language as a material element in our daily reality in order to show the machinery that hides behind those signs and sounds that connect one person to another. The works on view set an eye towards the graphic form of a symbol, image, or object and how these function as a cultural artefact that contains (un)pronounced ideas. By using pictorial language as a form of representation, the works attempt to visualize our position in the living world by rewriting its present images, objects, and symbols.
This results in a spacial lexicon that appears to hesitate between image and text. Signs are turned into material characters and objects transform into symbols. Therefore, the works are not a text, but something that reminiscence one. They are neither objects nor images, but something in-between. The works exist somewhere between images and the signs that try to describe these images. Letters and characters get lost among pictures and thoughts and exist somewhere between objects and text, between looking and reading. Sight and visual language are superimposed and lead to a world amidst reality and imagination.
Josse Pyl, Mormyridae, 2018
Background Josse Pyl (1991) was born in Belgium and lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. They studied at the KASK, Ghent and graduated from Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem in 2016. Between 2017-2018, Pyl was an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Pyl has had solo presentations at 019, Ghent, and at Annet Gelink Gallery and De Brakke Grond, both in Amsterdam. They participated in group shows at Ljubljana Biennial, The Tallinn Art Hall, NEST, The Hague, DASH Gallery, Kortrijk, Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Sint-Niklaas, Biennale van België, Ghent, Sign, Groningen and Art Rotterdam. Pyl is currently acting as guest tutor at the temporary MA program Approaching Language at the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam and KASK, Ghent.
Molded epoxy clay, frescolithe, polyvinylchloride
50 x 31,5 x 31,5 cm
Rubbing Teeth Till Words Appear (2019)
Long In the Tooth (2019)
At Brakkegrond, Amsterdam
Printed plastic, versatile polymer animatronics
47 x 32 x 22 cm
Nam Shub (2017)
Laser engraved silicone rubber, pigments, animatronics
320 x 70 x 90 mm