Gabriel Patti is a Chicago based visual and sound artist with roots in jazz and improvisational art and music. He has exhibited artworks regionally and internationally, is a member of the Phantom Gallery Network, and an educator at The Black Couch. Often
he renders unusual urban scenes where memory and invention are blurred. Gabriel is compelled to serendipitous, impermanent moments and capturing them in paint, whether they are melting ice, burning or destroyed buildings, smashed televisions,
and there corresponding sounds. Merging seen and imagined objects with text, hieroglyphs and pictographs, these paintings are an amalgam of information where the sources are obfuscated, whether drawn from digital camera, web images, printed
material, or ‘in the flesh’. His sound paintings are a synesthetic approach to ambient noise and vision. Tones, noise and the general din are interpreted by color according to R.O.Y.G.B.I.V.; high frequencies = blue/violet, low frequencies
= red. Walls and floor ‘show’ themselves when vibrated and streets and sidewalks are ‘found’ by sounds of transit. Familiar or recurring objects get more drawn out but buried under other sound/actions. These paintings are a stream of consciousness
guided by the music of life. Another series is cellular phone masks where old sets are disassembled and reimagined on canvas. Like his collage work, they are an analog process to a digital concept melding the primitive and futuristic. Patti
employs the same process with his calligraphic camouflage watercolors, hiding words in gestural marks. Gabriel’s sense of absurd humor can been seen throughout his work and hopes the viewer will laugh at his paintings while enjoying subtleties
of color and texture.