This February, the most romantic of all the months, sees the release of ‘Kiss Me I’m Dying’ by artist Brad Philips.
Published by STANLEY/BARKER, the paintings in this beautiful 80 page book draw from a vast trove of cultural detritus — the tongue-in-cheek slogans of bumper stickers and needlepoint pillows to the sardonic quips of a misanthrope — Phillips toys with the disjuncture between his phrases and their visual representation, combining commercial fonts, brightly colored words, and faux ransom lettering with sordid messages of sex, suicide, inadequacy, and self-degradation.
Marked by a wry penchant for the disconcerting and a proclivity for the absurd, Brad Phillips works somewhere between text and image, striving for the immediacy of both. His wordplay precipitates varied meanings, creating slippage and dissonance between interpretations. For Phillips, text becomes image, and image becomes text. Of the work Phillips says, “I was in Nova Scotia for a month, in a very remote place. I just went there with my girlfriend to not do anything, but I’m bipolar and I don’t take medication so I started getting bored. I had all this paper and started making these stupid signs. They look like the script from the New Yorker magazine. They’re just funny, kind of cynical, corny puns.”
Published — February 2016
ISBN — 9780956992260
Pages — 80
Cover — Hardback printed, Debossed
Details — Rough cut pages, blind debossed end sheets
Size — 150mm × 190mm