Richard Phillips on Art in the Digital Space

Artsy Editorial
Apr 9, 2014 1:51PM

“Art is our first language. It’s the language that exists above all others. It’s above science and sociology; it encapsulates and absorbs all of it. There’s no other language that can. And that’s why art, through all of time, has existed as our primary language. What’s great about Artsy is it certainly respects that; it becomes a very, very important tool, and an important entity, that can grapple with the whole spectrum of possibility.”—Richard Phillips

On art in that exists in a digital space:

“[The digital space] definitely has made a difference in terms of being able to reach beyond the art world, which, relatively speaking, is a really small entity, and the work has reached out to people who otherwise have had a limited exposure for whatever reason, having to do with our cultural apparatus. The chance for people to see art in the context of a Pop television show or online media, and to have it be verified as art in its visual state, or kind of meta state, or in its actual physical state, if you can see the works in person—I think those are all a part of our experience right now. We have the rush of images on Instagram, Twitter, all of these things. It places a new feeling about being in our corporal state in front of artworks. In some ways, I think that rather than degrade our experiences, it actually heightens our experiences when we can actually make it to the places where art exists in its physical form. Not to say that art doesn’t exist, strictly speaking, in an immediate state. That’s what attracted me to [Artsy] from the very, very beginning; there is thisentity of understanding. It’s a very important relationship.”

Learn more about Richard Phillips’s exhibition at Dallas Contemporary—as well as the “Missing Pieces”—on Artsy.

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