Phillip McConnell

Resident Artist

Phillip McConnell is a 26-year-old Glitch Artist from Trenton, NJ. Glitch art is the aestheticization of digital or analog errors (such as artifacts and other "bugs") by either corrupting digital code/data or by physically manipulating electronic devices. Although Glitch Art is a relatively new underground digital art form, the concept of Glitch Art has existed since 1962. While the art form is not well known by many, it has existed for years. This contribution to the exhibition is to show this digital art form in a different medium, as well as expose it to a different audience that may not have access to it or even known about it prior to seeing it. Phillip expresses this art form in a way that sets him apart from the rest. As a sort of digital alchemy, he blends aspects of photography and graphic design with data bending. By bending and manipulating the raw data of a picture, he essentially corrupts the original picture, creating something new and destroying what was. Creatio ab interitu or creation out of destruction. In life, you can either build or destroy, but Phillip chooses to do both through his art form.