Moleskine Portraits Featured Artist: Phillip Stearns

On the evening of Monday, January 30th in New York City, Moleskine is hosting a special event – Moleskine Portraits, an evening of interactive portraits-making.

Moleskine Portraits explores the many ways to capture a portrait using Moleskine objects. Text-portraits, sound-portraits, taste-portraits, photo-portraits, and more. Over the next few weeks, we will feature artists and designer who are contributing work to this one-night only experience.

The previous featured Artists:
Phillip Stearns
Brian Quinn
Amanda Stern and Nathan Sensel

philip stearnsPhillip Stearns – Art, Tech and Sound
– Who are you and what do you do?
My name Phillip Stearns and I’m an artist, technician, and educator.  My art making practice involves electronic technologies and tends to be multi-disciplinary.  I make sound art, interactive light and sound installations, digital prints, textiles, music, and more.  You can find my newest project, Year of the Glitch, on Tumblr.  During the day I work as a technician for Voltaic Systems, a company that designs solar chargers and solar bags.  I also do audio and video tech work for the Candian Broadcasting Corporation here and there as well as help other artists out on their projects. Most recently, I worked on Josh Hadar‘s  solar tree, fitting it with the solar panels and lights.  If you’re interested in learning more about practical electronics, check out 3rd Ward’s class listing , where I work as an educator.

– Are Moleskine notebooks a part of your life and creative process? If so, how do you fit them in?
I have several notebooks that I use on a regular basis.  I use a hardcover squared Moleskine notebook for taking down technical data when doing field research for Voltaic Systems.

– You are presenting a project at Moleskine Portraits in NYC on January 30th…what is it about?
I’m developing a sound piece made from sounds produced by a Moleskine messenger bag and a few other Moleskine accessories: pens, pencils, reading light, etc.

– What inspires you?
The thought of doing something new (for me anyways), special, or thought provoking.  In my work, I derive a lot of inspiration from technology and the natural environment, two forces that see to be at a point of conflict in today’s society.  There are a lot of brilliant minds out there working in science, art, and philosophy—experiencing what they have to say or share is incredibly inspiring.

– Do you prefer plain, ruled, or squared paper?
Taken out of context this could make it sound like I’m a really dull guy, but I go back and forth between plain and squared.

moleskine portraitsMoleskine Portraits
Monday, January 30th 2012

Exit Art
475 10th Ave (@ 36th st)
New York, NY 10011

Located one block east from Javits Center.
Train: A, C, E @ Penn Station
Free with RSVP:


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