Phillip Buntin

Art Work

At Robert Henry Contemporary View high resolution

At Robert Henry Contemporary

at Robert Henry Contemporary  View high resolution

at Robert Henry Contemporary 

At Robert Henry Contemporary View high resolution

At Robert Henry Contemporary

Artist Statement

In my current body of work, I have sought to create an uneasy equilibrium between fragments and their conjoining into elusive wholes.  This is done to create a perceptual experience and language that metaphorically expresses our limitations and inclinations when approaching complex phenomena.  The language of the work is diagrammatic and alludes to rationalistic approaches of understanding.  The sources for my figures/diagrams are borrowed, manipulated, inspired by diagrams from various scientific disciplines.    

When using them in the paintings, the diagrams are combined to augment, obfuscate, or contradict one another, yet still strive to hang together.  This relationship between competing fragments and elusive wholes reveals as a metaphorical and perceptual analog the longing to make our partial understandings in life into systemic or narrative wholes.  

An important linchpin of the work is the inability to easily “close off the circle” or to see the fragments as a related whole.    This is an aspect of the work that allows us to directly understand in a visual experience that our interpretations and understandings of complex phenomena are illuminating yet incomplete, and as such, are always open to reevaluation.

{Poem} 88 wall painting completed while in residency Aug 6-31st.  During my stay, completed a floor drawing, wall painting (seen above), and lead a panel discussion on the interrelationship between mindfulness practice, interpretation and creativity with Robert Cheatam of Public Domain, Michael Elliston of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, and Julia Kjelgarrd of Emory University.  
In conjunction with my residency a dance performance was choreographed by Brooks Emmanuel that was inspired by and created in conversation with my work.  A video of the performance is included below.    View high resolution

{Poem} 88 wall painting completed while in residency Aug 6-31st.  During my stay, completed a floor drawing, wall painting (seen above), and lead a panel discussion on the interrelationship between mindfulness practice, interpretation and creativity with Robert Cheatam of Public Domain, Michael Elliston of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, and Julia Kjelgarrd of Emory University.  

In conjunction with my residency a dance performance was choreographed by Brooks Emmanuel that was inspired by and created in conversation with my work.  A video of the performance is included below.   

Wall text with installation at {Poem 88} View high resolution

Wall text with installation at {Poem 88}

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