Untitled (Sex, Drugs, and...) 05
DIMENSIONS 13 1/4" x 10" MEDIUM Watercolor and archival pigment print on 350 gsm Hannhemuhle museum etching paper with deckled edge
Hand-embellished series of 20 + 3 APs + 2 PPs, 2022
Signed, dated and numbered by the artist en verso
ABOUT THE WORK Brad Phillips specializes in the nonchalant, intimate dross of experience — scribbled musings matched with existential reflection — capturing the exposed nerve endings linking pleasure to pain. Like when your heart has been broken so many times you rethink the urge to cry, Phillips confronts matters of emotional hardship with an almost scientific sense of humor. Typically rendered in either hyperrealistic brushstrokes or sketchbook text, the ostensible honesty of his work functions as a bait-and-switch, creating a complex opacity between subject, artist, and viewer that presents as searing transparency. Phillips' enduring fascination with American pop culture — more specifically, subverting its mores, tropes — has informed our last two collaborations and resurfaces again in our new release, Untitled (Sex, Drugs, and...), in which the famous hedonistic phrase has been altered to reflect Phillips' world of experiential references.
ARTIST BIO Brad Phillips has a forthcoming 2022 solo exhibition at de boer gallery (Los Angeles), as well as an upcoming digital exhibition of works on paper at James Fuentes in Spring 2022. Phillips has held solo exhibitions at Harper's Apartment (New York), Allen & Eldridge (New York), 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 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. Phillips currently lives and works in Toronto.
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