Galerie Richard is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Philip Argent. This is the artist’s first show with the gallery. Argent’s work examines the rapid movement and flow of digital information through acrylic on canvas paintings. This medium enables the viewer, for a brief moment, to suspend time and visualize the relationship between temporality and spatiality. The contrast between digitalization and traditional painting further emphasizes this dichotomy.
Argent also makes deliberate use of voids in space. Through this blank space, he reminds the viewer of technological instability and the lack of a sense of wholeness in a world that is constantly enveloped by digital information. His works represent the isolation that is also inherent to technological immersion.
Philip Argent received an M.F.A. from UNLV and B.A. with honors from Cheltenham School of Art. Argent has exhibited nationally and internationally at institutions such as MOCA, Cleveland; the Cranbook Art Museum, MI; the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech; Mannheim Kunstverein (Germany); and the Young Eun Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea). His works reside in the permanent colletions of MoMA, Albright-Knox, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. The artist lives and work in Santa Barbara and teaches at the University of California – Santa Barbara in the Department of Art.