FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Joel Daniel Phillips: “Hazards May be Present”
December 1 - December 22, 2018
SAN FRANCISCO - Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Hazards May be Present, a highly anticipated solo exhibition by Joel Daniel Phillips.
Hazards May Be Present is an ongoing series of drawings exploring the events and aftermath of nuclear testing following World War II, specifically the towing of radiated naval vessels back to the California Coast, the mishandling of which would go on to shape both San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point Shipyard and the surrounding neighborhoods for years to come.
While awareness of residual environmental contaminants has recently grown due to lawsuits encompassing the Federal Government’s clean-up process of the naval base, many San Franciscans are oblivious to the dark history beneath the Southern corner of their city and its unabated impacts on the physical and social fabric of the area.
Phillips’ deftly rendered figures huddle in Rockwell-esque compositions around nuclear testing equipment, on naval bases, even shielding their eyes from a blast. The distinctly American imagery and style of Phillips’ characters echo a larger, darker truth often omitted from the largely heroic narrative surrounding the Allied force’s use of nuclear weapons during World War II.
Please join us for Hazards May be Present, opening December 1 with an evening reception from 6pm - 9pm where the artist will be in attendance. The exhibition will be on view through December 22. For more information, additional images, or exclusive content, please email us at [email protected]
Hazards May Be Present - a solo exhibition by Joel Daniel Phillips
804 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Opening night reception: Saturday, December 1, 6pm - 9pm
Show on view through Saturday, December 22
ABOUT THE GALLERY:
Hashimoto Contemporary is located in San Francisco, CA. Our roster consists of an eclectic blend of new contemporary artists. With monthly rotating exhibitions, our programming focuses on a range of painting, sculpture and installation-based work. You can also visit us at a variety of international art fairs in Miami, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Joel Daniel Phillips is an American artist whose work focuses on the tenets of classical draftsmanship employed in monumental formats. Inspired by the depth and breadth of human experience, he strives to tell the personal and societal histories etched in the faces of those around him. Through the tip of his pencil, the artist seeks to find moments where our projected senses of self are transparent, allowing deeper, more truthful emotions to become visible.