The work focuses heavily on automation. I’m interested in building systems that can self-manage, produce and archive work on their own. To accomplish this requires a shift away from a traditional studio practice to one that is mostly digital. My practice involves writing custom computer software that either: generates work, or automates a workflow.
To start I’ll sketch out a computer program by defining some basic parameters the system will operate within. When I feel comfortable with the sketch I’ll let the code run several thousand times. When the script finishes I get to take on a more curatorial role—I’ll spend some time with each piece, seeing if there is something I can learn or inspiration I can take away. If there is something special about it, I’ll archive it digitally or output it physically.
Using modern technology in this way allows for endless experimentation of color and composition.
brian phillips is a new media artist who writes computer code to generate minimal geometric abstractions.
He grew up in Lansdale PA and was classically trained as a printmaker at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia PA. brian still considers Pennsylvania “home” and shows work regularly in the state. While he is technically a resident of Florida—he lives and works in a travel trailer spending summers in Pennsylvania and traveling the rest of the year.
His transition into this more nomadic lifestyle required a shift from a more classical studio practice to a mostly virtual workflow. brian’s process now revolves around writing custom computer programs that generate and archive their own works of art to databases. Using technology in this way allows him unlimited experimentation without the physical limitations of storing large bodies of work.
- Show of Shows, The Gallery At Upper Bucks Campus, Perkasie PA, 2023
- It's the Process, Eclipse Gallery, Lansdale PA, 2022
- Here & Now, Exhibit B Gallery, Souderton PA, 2021
- June Exhibit, Sager Braudis Gallery, Columbia MO, 2021
- Minimalism, Shockboxx Gallery, Hermosa Beach CA, 2020
- Everyday Magic, Exhibit B Gallery, Souderton PA, 2020
- Grey | Gray (Matter), Divisible Projects, Dayton OH, 2020
- Full House, localhost.gallery, Online, 2020
- The Juried Show, A Art Gallery Studio, Oklahoma City OK, 2020
- SmallWorks, FrameWorks Studio & Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2019
- Red Truck Gallery Pop-Up, Red Truck Gallery, New Orleans LA, 2019
- Modern Male Pop-Up, Modern Male, Lansdale PA, 2019
- Make Art Not Friends, Exhibit B Gallery, Souderton PA, 2019