June 24 — August 12, 2023
I don't want to, but I will
Conduit Gallery is honored to announce I don’t want to, but I will, a solo exhibition of paintings and objects by Dallas-based artist Dan Phillips presented in collaboration with the Webb Gallery, Waxahachie, TX.
The sketches that Dan Phillips creates for his furniture-making exude a style far beyond typical carpenter’s drafts. They’re compelling and tactile visuals in their own right. His furniture echoes the lines of early American decorative and folk art. Phillips has a deep appreciation for the aesthetic that carries through the periods, and one sees the same stylized sensibility and precision in his artwork.
Phillips’ paintings started as graffiti tags before he moved to paper, primarily working in gouache. The paintings created for I don’t want to, but I will, were made in response to the Project Room space. While each piece is a luscious story on its own, collectively they tell a familiar narrative. One that is very relatable as we resume a previous pace of life in a post-pandemic world. The son of artist parents, Dan was raised and resides in Dallas, Texas. He spends a huge portion of his time designing and crafting furniture using techniques of yesteryears. In addition to his furniture making, Dan enjoys his family, plays music, tours with his band True Widow, draws, paints, refines and defines his various interests, all bound with a common aesthetic in beauty and art in life.