Engage: Richard Phillips: Most Wanted

In art, culture on February 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm

‘Most Wanted’ via VMan

Alright all you pop art lovin’ aficionados (wow, I sound like a voice presenter). I might be a tad bit tardy in getting this up, but, after not finding anything forthcoming, I wanted to draw attention to the works of Richard Phillips exhibiting at White Cube.

According to the Gallery’s press release, Phillips uses images to “address the marketability of our wishes, identity, politics, sexuality and mortality.”

As for his message for this installation:

Each portrait features a bright, multi-colour halo, a reference to Richard Bernstein’s illustrations from Interview magazine – the halo emphasises the electric stardom of these secular deities while simultaneously flattening their image, melding them into the brands they represent, as if on a decal or trading card.

While I don’t know if I personally idolize celebrities, I do find his work, though exquisite, to look somewhat – childish. Almost as a piece of work anyone could do. That is, until you realize that these works are on gigantic scale canvases.

It’s not his best work. The low-grade style is a trademark, but it’s ones that encompass women-girls in a hyper-sexual tone to be some of his better pieces.

via analogist besser

Or maybe it’s just my need to be stimulated than look at the pretty Hollywood people all day. There’s tabloid weeklies for that.

Richard Phillips: Most Wanted
48 Hoxton Square London N1 6PB
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7930 5373 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7749 7470
Open: 10 – 6pm Tuesday – Saturday

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