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To Do List #14

Hand-Embellished series of 14, 2020
Ink on archival pigment print

Signed by the artist en verso

12.00 x 9.50 in
30.48 x 24.13 cm

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About the Work

Doesn't it feel like someone is always telling you what to do? Does that mean that it's actually happening? Or does it just feel like it is? Reality on a sliding scale. Whose voice is speaking? Brad Phillips knows that thoughts are forward facing but can rotate like a prism, which is why his text and his paintings and his text paintings read like confessional autobiographies but aren't. Or are they? In To Do List, life gets equalized. A hand-scrawled numerated list, hallmark of the mundane, is elevated and transformed: pen in notebook becomes paint on canvas, which transmutes into archival print edition. Daily hierarchies of priorities are leveled with a realistic glare, demanding an unfettered exposé into cycles of thought. The image is frank, obvious, and magic: by providing the feeling of raw honesty, Phillips' work remains both steeped in and guarded from personal truth, transforming himself and his audiences into voyeurs. In his new hand-touched series based on To Do List, fact and fiction blur closer. There is now a new command which to attend, to obey, dampened and dried ink on the page like tears. Who gets to tell you what to do? In his 2019 book Essays and Fictions, Phillips wrote, "Important to remember this is all fiction. Directed to myself or to you—it doesn’t matter. It’s all fiction. Remember though that all writing is fiction." If language is unreliable, then what else is there to do? It might be helpful to start writing a list. Or collect someone else's. Then you can say it's yours.

Artist Biography

Brad Phillips (b. 1974, Toronto, Canada) has held solo exhibitions at de boer gallery (Los Angeles), James Fuentes Gallery (New York), Groeflin Maag Galerie (Zurich), Division Gallery (Toronto) and Rod Bianco Gallery (Oslo) among others, as well as a two-person exhibition with Cristine Brache at Anat Egbi Gallery (Los Angeles). Select group exhibitions include presentations at Harper's (New York), Nino Mier Gallery (Los Angeles) curated by Olivier Zahm, Mast Books (New York) curated by Justin Adian, Galerie Sebastien Bertrand (Geneva) curated by Richard Kern, The Hole (New York) and many others.

Authentication & Resale

This work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed and numbered by the artist. 

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Framed artwork is custom framed once it is ordered. Allow 3-5 weeks for framing and delivery.

All of our frames are made from sustainably sourced engineered hardwood that is manufactured in the USA. Frames are available in Black or White Matte and Walnut.

Prints are hinged to a conservation quality, acid-free and lignin-free Cellulose matboard, using acid-free polyethylene cloth tape. Each mat’s surface paper is fade and bleed resistant and is attached to a conversation quality foam-core board. Some of our work (typically those pieces with a deckled edge) is floated on the matboard with spacers to separate the artwork from the glazing.

We use museum quality .060 mm plexiglass to frame your work. It blocks 82-85% of UV rays to prevent color fading from exposure to light, protecting your art for years to come.

Our White and Black frames have a ⅞” wide flat face and are 15/16” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.

Our Natural and Walnut frames have a ¾” wide flat face and are 1 ⅛” deep. Mats are 1” wide for prints up to 8” x 10”. Mats are 2” wide for prints larger than 8” x 10”.

Any artwork that is floated will be placed in a frame that has a ⅝” wide flat face and is 1 5/16” deep. Work will be floated with a 1” border around it.

Shippings & Returns

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