About

Born in Austin TX. Studied Audio Engineering and the University of Colorado in Denver and Music Composition at Cal Arts. Living in NYC since 2009. Working as an artist, designer, artistic director, creative technologist, and more.

Has exhibited internationally at TATE Britain, The Photographer's Gallery (London), NYU Art Gallery (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Diagonale Gallery (Montreal), Transfer Gallery (NYC), Fridman Gallery (NYC), The Park Avenue Armory (NYC), and more.

Phillip's artwork

Chapter 15: Room to Room

Chapter 15: Room to Room By: Phillip David Stearns Quality: 4K Inspired by the labyrinth 3D screen saver from Windows 3.1, this work is a study of islamic architectural features, repetition, and spatial disorientation. The notion of a labyrinth as a singular, fixed path, or a maze with impassable walls, is here inverted. Every turn leads to an encounter revealing not a boundary, but a repetition of architectural form. After a few turns, one becomes disoriented as there is no fixable, unique point of reference. This sensation of an endless journey with no clear sense of direction or progress is meant to reflect Sofia's experiences in dealing with Saif during his birthday retreat.

Perlin Nebula Study 001

A series looking at the use of Perlin noise and other functions used to create generative textures.

HOLIDAY CAMPFIRE WISHES

The work is an ironic twist on a few classic holiday tropes: an evergreen forest dusted in a fresh blanket of powdery snow; a roaring fire radiating glowing warmth; the sky cast a deep blue violet streaked pink from the setting sun; the camera slowly tracks outwards, gently fading between angles. This picturesque setting envelopes a not so subtle message of ecological stewardship, linking the commercially idealized images of the holiday season with hyperbolically imagined byproducts of the consumption it facilitates.

Waves of Vapor (Crypto Fumes)

Digital technologies are shaping our physical landscapes in ways that we are not fully aware of. As cryptocurrencies gain popularity, many are raising the question of the environmental impact of producing the energy required to satisfy a growing network of computers mining currencies like Bitcoin. Bitcoin miners use hardware mining rigs that utilize Graphics Processing Units or GPUs like those used in high end VFX and video production studios to process and generate content. Rendering realistic, high-quality 4K moving image content requires a lot of computation and energy. This work was rendered using a free community render farm where users contribute their machines' computing power to render each other's frames. Render farms similar to this one, but much larger in scope are constantly churning out frames for today's media industry. This work draws a parallel between the role of GPU technologies giving shape to virtual landscapes and their role in physically altering our environment in less visible ways.

Terra Recognita

Digital technologies are shaping our physical landscapes in ways that we are not fully aware of. As cryptocurrencies gain popularity, many are raising the question of the environmental impact of producing the energy required to satisfy a growing network of computers mining currencies like Bitcoin. Bitcoin miners use hardware mining rigs that utilize Graphics Processing Units or GPUs like those used in high end VFX and video production studios to process and generate content. Rendering realistic, high-quality 4K moving image content requires a lot of computation and energy. This work was rendered using a free community render farm where users contribute their machines' computing power to render each other's frames. Render farms similar to this one, but much larger in scope are constantly churning out frames for today's media industry. This work draws a parallel between the role of GPU technologies giving shape to virtual landscapes and their role in physically altering our environment in less visible ways.