John Ransom Phillips is a painter, writer and filmmaker. He likes to say that he works in each of these media to explore what is “beyond the physical world.” In his upcoming show Beyond Nature at Georges Bergès Gallery, he is searching for “truth beyond reality.” Curious about this claim, artnet News asked him a couple of questions:
Tell us about your latest show and what you are trying to convey?
The show is called Beyond Nature. I choose that title because I am very interested in looking past the comfort of nature and I am looking to go beyond reality in art. I really enjoy the writings of Walt Whitman, who says “we are more fully who we are when we are asleep then when we are awake.” His poem The Sleepers discusses invading people’s dreams to find out who they really are. I really like that image. In my writing and painting I look beyond what is the everyday, what is ordinary. Looking at dreams there is a more honest and truthful representation of who we are, where we can find truth about life, more than what is ordinary or expected.
So what would define as the essence of the paintings in Beyond Nature?
I want visitors to see and experience the underlying unity and energy in the work.