Today we announce some fabulous and generous new pledge-level prizes from Phil Stearns, one of our LISA conference speakers. Phil is like the mad scientist from The Island of Dr. Moreau who creates new life by experimenting on his test subjects. Except with Phil, he corrupts old hardware (digital cameras, Game Boys, TV/VCRs, etc.) to produce fascinating abstractions that compare favorably with works by color field artists Gene Davis and Morris Louis, and yet are still indisputably digital in nature.
Now is your opportunity to start your Stearns collection with a limited edition signed print.
For just $25, choose any signed 8x10" c-print from Phil's DCP Series, a collection of digital images produced by intentionally corrupting the circuitry of various Kodak DC series low-resolution digital cameras. By rewiring or "preparing" the cameras' on-board electronics, digital images are produced in a manner that inverts the process of the camera-less photogram; these images are all camera and no light. In addition to re-examining the essential nature of photography in the digital age, the project explores the algorithmic unconscious at work behind the discipline of digital photography. Rather than seeing images of the world through a lens, we catch a glimpse of what the camera sees when it is forced to peer inside its own mind.
For a pledge of $85, receive one of these 3 signed 16x20" archival inkjets (each is one of an edition of two):
For the piece de resistance, pledge just $300 to receive this unique 23x35" signed archival inkjet print (edition of 1):
Better hurry or I will buy this myself!
Bio: Phillip Stearns uses electronics to create phenomenological works of light and sound. Deconstruction, dissection, and reconfiguration are methods he commonly employs in his hands-on approach to creating works using electronics. Through the application of extended techniques for electronic media, the circuit is explored as a means for sculpting electricity.
Phillip Stearns received his MFA in music composition and integrated media from the California Institute of Arts in 2007 and his BS in music technology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2005. His work has been exhibited internationally at The Photographer’s Gallery London, The Camera Club of New York, Sight and Sound Festival, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Gli.tc/H; Festival De Arte Digital, FILE, NIME, Filmer La Musique, FONLAD, Torrance Art Museum, Optica Film Festival. He has participated in residencies at Museums Quartier, STEIM, Institute for Electronic Art, Experimental Television Center, Harvestworks, and Free103Point9. In 2011, he curated the 8th annual Bent Festival.
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Thanks to you all - and thanks Phil!