Joel Daniel PhillipsUnknown No. 1
(from No Regrets in Life
series) (detail), 2011
Charcoal and graphite on paper
Courtesy of the artist & Spoke Art GalleryThrough larger than life-sized renderings of individuals from my street corner,
No Regrets in Life examines the people I encounter on a regular basis. Overlooked and unidentified, the renderings are an attempt to play with our voyeuristic tendencies toward the indigence surrounding us, hiding in plain sight. In these portraits, the subjects cease to be dark matter in our communal space and instead are revealed to be the main characters in their own narrative.
No Regrets In Life is a visual record of my striving to recognize unknown and unnoticed individuals through the tip of my pencil.
Joel Daniel PhillipsCalifas
October 2 December 21, 2013Intersection for the Arts
San Francisco, CA