Temiskaming Art Gallery

Graphic Chats

  • April 11, 2022 - May 22, 2022
On Site Exhibition

Gallery Walk-through

Graphic Chats artist talk with Joseph Muscat

"Graphic Chats is a large series of collaged mix media drawings and paintings which mimic the ubiquitous wireless world of internet chats, browsing, tweeting and information seeking, packaged in the style of a graphic novel. The sheer volume of material "out there" conjured up an array of visually stimulating pictograms, which , although unrelated, can spin into imaginative short stories.

I travel through a wide range of random, often symbolic images inspired by current events and situations. The collective arrangement of each panel reads like quick little conversations that constantly bombard us on all levels of our media interactions. This form of brain congestion has turned into little visual vignettes of everything and nothing.

These Graphic Chats, started in 2017, start out as little paintings, with painted of stenciled images on various papers and assembled and adhered to a wood surface. The process is both spontaneous and calculated; the composition reveals itself gradually while the images are secured to the board surface.

The work combined representational images with abstract markings, a recognizable characteristic throughout my work"

- Joseph Muscat: Artist statement

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