When we are in front of an unconventional work, we often think of a world out of the box, where the artist creates outside of any scheme. Ironically, in the creative universe it often happens that the most lateral ideas come instead from limitations. This is demonstrated by the artistic career of Phil Hansen that, even before starting out, suffered a setback due to a tremor in his hands that prevented him from making steady strokes. The pointillist technique becomes increasingly tiring and a vicious circle leads the young Phil to aggravate the situation and abandon his dream for years.
“Embrace the shake”, changes with these words the life of the artist who stops looking beyond to start seeing through his abilities. A new season of research begins, without impositions, the hand is left free on the sheet and the resulting expressiveness becomes more intimate and original. The pointillist technique becomes pure fragmentation of the image, a larger scale and materials circumvent the tremor and Phil Hansen develops what today is his style: a 360 creative approach.
The whole body is used in the works, the feet on the canvas replace the brush and Bruce Lee is portrayed with karate strokes. Freeing art from any compulsory support, the works become surprising, like the 3D structures where a blowtorch reveals the subject, or the paintings that the artist draws on his chest. Experimentation and emotionality are the key words of a work that goes beyond the concept of artist, involving the public in the work, and then, beyond art itself as in the project Good bye Art. For a year the artist commits to think, create and destroy 23 works to achieve pure expressive freedom. “While destroying each project I learned to let go of the results, the failures, the imperfections”, with this approach Phil Hansen employs temporary materials such as frozen wine, hamburgers, chalk, matches and candles to burn, to produce art that finds in its limited existence its reason for being.
es, such as the thrilling portrait of Edgar Allan Poe are followed by devoted fans proving that “we must have limitations in order to overcome them”. This is the new philosophy of the creative who sees art as an ongoing process, unencumbered by expectations and results.