Bradley Phillips

Settling For the Unsettling

The images of settling for the unsettling came about through an exploration of space in which the binary of conformity and anomaly were examined. Place can have a profound influence upon artistic process and for myself having moved from New York to Missouri I found I was an anomaly of expectations and ideologies amongst a flow of conformity. Deleuze and Guattari have said that the beliefs and desires that maintain a society or social structure constitute an established flow of the norm. Unwilling to “imitate (the) propagation of flow” I began photographing traces of unquestioned conformity. These photographs were then recaptured and presented as a binary disruption of the expected in order to create a “conjugation or connection of different flows.” The process of recapturing leaves traces of myself not to be a glitch as a failure but as artifacts of an unexpected non conforming existence.