‘Consuming Connections’ by Ryan Falzon
First image: Golden Boy and His Junk, mixed media on canvas, 150 x 150cm
Second image: The Communicator (Alter Ego), mixed media on canvas, 150 x 150cm
The rise of technology and its introduction, without any assessment of consequences, has changed interaction between humans from the core. The consumption of connections through social networks is proving to be as addictive and fulfilling as junk food, where the elements of cheap thrills and immediate fulfilment are highly sought after.
The crude, direct approach to painting in Falzon’s work is parallel to the blatant manner by which we search and flip through social networks in the hope of achieving a short affair or the love of our lives. This technological overload has given us the ability to put away the tangible elements of connection while constructing and presenting ourselves in the image of our own idols.
Ryan Falzon, born in 1988, is a painter and print-maker. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts in 2011, and so far has exhibited in various collective exhibitions such as Milkshake and Divergent Thinkers 02, and has also, held a solo exhibition entitled Ex Voto in September 2014. Between 2013 and 2015, along with other young artists, he coordinated several projects at the Xarolla Windmill in Zurrieq. His works, both visual and written, usually revolve around urban environment, falling in and out of love, and chronic solitude.