The artist of choice for this project was Phillip Stearns. Stearns is a well renown glitch artist who resides in Brooklyn, New York, and is the creator of the “Year of the Glitch” project in which he creates and explores the interaction of graphic design and textiles. Stearns has a unique way of creating his artwork; a way that may seem random and or dangerous.
Phillip Stearns uses a variety of common household cleaning supplies to create his designs: bleach, vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, salt, and rubbing alcohol. The process behind using these common cleaning chemicals is somewhat interesting. Stearn uses a 15,000 Volt neon tube ballast to shock pieces of film to create natural, crazy designs. The chemicals get heated up and spread onto the film by the electricity, forming a stream pattern from which the electricity travels. The designs that are left over from the shocks on the film are really colorful and naturally diverse.
The reasoning behind this is Stearn’s curiosity in exploring the ontology, or the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being, of digital photographs. Some techniques of this include cracking, bending, and or breaking of the mediums. This quote suggests an in-depth explanation of the focus of his work: “We are situated in a place where the photograph, as an object, has lost its primacy to the digital image, and the whole discipline of photography has undergone fundamental technological changes without much consideration for how this alters our theoretical understanding of the role of the digital photographic image in society and cultural (re)production.” Stearn is a master of deep creativity and exploration in art, specifically glitch art.