Read our artist series on Joseph Kyle
Syn-optics is Joseph Kyle’s contribution to abstraction. Unique in concept, Syn-optics refers to “seeing as a whole”. It is the ability to synthesize shape and colour on an equal footing and not as one reflecting or enhancing another”. Kyle’s work forces the viewer to perceive an entire painting as an interactive whole rather than an assembly of individual compositional devices. Like Op Art, both vibrating colours and pulsating patterns are characteristic of this genre. With Syn-optics, however, Kyle moved into new and original territory.