Phillip Hanson pushes boundaries with art exhibit


Phillip Hanson’s work is currently on display in the University Art Gallery. The exhibit, which will run through Wednesday, Sept. 12, kicked off with a reception on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The exhibit is a collection of chosen pieces from the work of Phillip Hanson, SVSU lecturer of art, who began creating the collection in 2016.

“One of the overarching themes is that we live this half-life between the world of our phones and the physical world,” Hanson said. “All of the works have aspects of both, but it is hard to make the digital works not fight with the non-digital works.”

Michael Garguilo, an adjunct professor of art, was thrilled to help curate the exhibit. He believes it will be helpful to students in an educational setting.

“This exhibition showcases one of our faculty who is a working artist, and you can see the relationship between the works,” Garguilo said. “I love that he is unabashedly experimental in his processes, and I am very much interested in the fact that he stays true to his own voice.”

The University Art Gallery Coordinator Tisch Lewis is excited to showcase Hanson’s art, which transcends conventional styles and shows students that it’s OK to break the rules.
“Hanson teaches the principles and basics of drawing and design,” Lewis said. “In his class, he explains that there are rules, but that those rules can be broken. With this exhibit, he explores his passion by questioning those rules through a variety of media.”

The exhibit provides a point of inspiration and comparison for Lewis’ artwork.

“My favorite aspect is the fact that we both use glitch in our work,” Lewis said. “On top of that, I like the fact that it is so multi-layered. He is using multiple forms of media to answer questions, which reinforces what I do in my own work.”

Theatre sophomore Connor Weiland appreciated that an SVSU professor created the art.

“I think the exhibit enhances education on campus because all the work comes from a faculty member,” Weiland said. “The exhibit allows students to actually see what the professors can do, which makes the experience better.”

Hanson encourages aspiring artists to create and explore.

“The hardest thing is starting a new picture, because it is terrifying,” Hanson said. “So my advice is to start a lot and don’t stop. You have to be in front of the thing to be inspired. If you are not doing it, then it is not going to happen.”