New work by Brendan Jon Philip
This new body of work returns primarily
to the emblem of the skull as an essential human signifier.
Stripping away surface appearances of flesh and form the skull
denotes a universal humanity in it's most material essence. Upon
this essence metaphysical and esoteric conjectures are projected as
a means of considering the human condition. Pop culture inflected
aesthetic borrowing heavily from punk and psychedelic rock music is
presented as a creative yet dissonant response to a culture of
mediated apocalypticism and presents the state of being a perpetual
and petulant drawing of light out of darkness.
Brendan studied at
Whitecliffe College of Art and Design and Elam School of Fine Arts,
as well as receiving Distinction in Film and Media Studies at the
University of Otago. Brendan is currently a practicing artist,
engaged with experimental aesthetics in a variety of projects,
spaces, and media throughout New Zealand.