Bradley Phillips: Transition Spaces 16.3 Opens Aug. 30 in Crisp Museum

Bradley Phillips: Transition Spaces 16.3 opens Aug. 30 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to view the exhibition beginning Aug. 30. An opening reception will be held from 4-8 p.m. Sept. 2, with an artist’s talk at 6 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 23. Admission is free.

Phillips creates an interactive multimedia experience in the form of an audio and video installation titled “Video Will Resume,” which is composed of material he collected between 2012-2015 from FaceTime screen shots and conversations between himself and his son.

Spectators and participants will experience the material as it is broken down into its own essential components of image, sound and time. This examination delves into the relationship between technology and virtual artifact and the experience of the work becomes a simulacrum of the original “face-to-face” interaction. Viewers will be compelled to encounter FaceTime as a contemporary form of communication in which its flaws remind us of its own inadequacy of reality. However, in contrast, FaceTime simultaneously functions as an advancement of a technology that connects people in ways never before possible and presents a beautiful juxtaposition against its inherent flaws.

Society has artistically fostered the development of new media as an approach to creation. What we experience within the digital age forms the basis for the evolution of cross-media approaches and practices. As a result, all forms of digital content can be examined for inherent artistic value.

Phillips is an assistant professor in Southeast’s Department of Polytechnic Studies. He is the multimedia coordinator at Southeast’s Catapult Creative House, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Phillips received his Bachelor of Arts in professional photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California, and earned his master’s degree in visual studies from the University at Buffalo-State University of New York.

His work has appeared in Creative Quarterly, The Big Muddy, The Cape Rock Review and the Cimarron Review. Phillips has exhibited his work nationwide, most notably at Art Space and CEPA Gallery in New York City.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.