I Am Another Yourself: Drawings by Joel Daniel Phillips
New series of portraits that sheds light on the frequently overlooked and unidentified in San Francisco’s changing urban landscape. The men and women he portrays all live within a 150 foot radius of his apartment, who he approaches and learns their stories, then takes photos for reference material to complete the compositions in his studio.
I pursue ways to peel back the protective veils that we display to outside world, striving to capture the un-invented spontaneity of experience. Central to this search is a focus on the significance of narrative in human existence. Our lives are not linear, with one instant leading solely into the next, but rather circular, with each experience formed and defined by others. A portrait functions in the same manner, teasing out emotions and truths that inform not only the particular instant captured, but more importantly the story leading up to it.The works are on view at Hashimoto Contemporary September 6–27.