Saturday, November 29, 2014

I Am Another Yourself


After spending almost 1/3 of the year working entirely on this body of work, I was both delighted and relieved at the wonderfully positive response to my solo show, 'I Am Another Yourself' at Hashimoto Contemporary this Sept. Apparently I wasn’t quite excited enough to be better at keeping up with my blog, however.

Featuring a range of new charcoal and graphite portraits, the exhibition was my attempt at shedding light on those who are frequently overlooked and unidentified.

I Am Another Yourself, Joel Daniel Phillips



Lucky, Maurice and Tinesha. All works 42x94in, Charcoal & Graphite on Paper by Joel Daniel Phillips

​(R to L) Lucky, Maurice and Tinesha. All works 42x94in, Charcoal & Graphite on Paper



The show featured 14 new works, varying in scale from my usual life-size drawings to several smaller, more compact pieces. 

Gypsy, Kent and Spaceman O.T. #3 All works 42x94in, Charcoal & Graphite on Paper by Joel Daniel Phillips

​(R to L) Gypsy, Kent and Spaceman O.T. #3 All works 42x94in, Charcoal & Graphite on Paper



I created most of the works while participating in an art residency in Taos, New Mexico this summer at the Helene Wurlizter Foundation. The time was both productive and peaceful, and in the moments not in the studio I was able to enjoy wonderful conversations with 10 other residents who ranged in practice from composers to writers to fellow visual artists. 


In residence at the Helene Wurlizter Foundation, Taos, NM

My casita was nestled among Cottonwood and Willow trees. ​I'm already missing the beautiful studio space looking out into the forest


In addition to the large works, I also created several smaller drawings. I kicked and screamed a bit when my curator suggested this as I love the life-size scale of my usual pieces so much. However, I ended up deeply enjoying the process making smaller pieces and felt like I was able to focus more on the mark-making in the works.

Joel Daniel Phillips at work in his studio in Taos, NM

​Laura, in progress. (Final drawing 12x23in)

Billy, Laura and Alice. All works 12x23in, Charcoal & Graphite on Paper by Joel Daniel Phillips

(R to L) Billy, Laura and Alice. All works 12x23in, Charcoal & Graphite on Paper



I went into the residency feeling tired and a bit burnt out. Ironically, after a summer of working 14-16 hours almost every day I came back to the Bay feeling rested, rejuvenated and in love with the process of drawing again.


Preston, Billy. Both works 16x20in, Charcoal & Graphite on Paper by Joel Daniel Phillips

R to L) Preston, Billy. Both works 16x20in, Charcoal & Graphite on Paper


A few photos from the opening night at Hashimoto Contemporary, courtesy of Mark Semegen

"I Am Another Yourself" Opening Night Photo at Hashimoto Contemporary

"I Am Another Yourself" Opening Night Photo at Hashimoto Contemporary"I Am Another Yourself" Opening Night Photo at Hashimoto Contemporary

"I Am Another Yourself" Opening Night Photo at Hashimoto Contemporary


"I Am Another Yourself" Opening Night Photo at Hashimoto Contemporary

"I Am Another Yourself" Opening Night Photo at Hashimoto Contemporary

"I Am Another Yourself" Opening Night Photo at Hashimoto Contemporary
 A huge thanks to everyone who supported my work and purchased pieces from the show. I quite literally couldn't do any of this without you.