– I’ve been really into the painting work of Brad Phillips lately. His first monograph Hope Against Reason was published by TV Books and fits well with the whole Tiny Vices aesthetic. His paintings display a visual diary, consisinting of people, landscapes, and objects.
Brad Phillips takes images from everyday life –women dressing (or undressing), house plants, interior scenes–and uses the familiarity of these circumstances to thread together this seemingly personal narrative. However, Brad Philips paintings cannot be interpreted so simply. Instead of giving us the whole story on each canvas, the artist maintains a level of obfuscation: revealing perhaps the ‘what’ and the ‘where’ of the story line, but leaving, the ‘who’, ‘why’ and ‘what for’ open-ended. This injected distanced between the artist and the images allows him to draw upon subject matter that is personal, sexy, and at times even erotic, while still being selective about what he chooses to reveal. Journey into Whatever is exactly what the title implies. The ambiguity of Brad Phillip’s paintings makes his own personal narrative irrelevant. The paintings are not about the artist, but rather about the viewer: the ideas/fantasies that the viewer projects onto each work.
© Brad Phillips
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