"It Felt Like the Future Was Now" at Philbrook Downtown

Feb 14, 2019

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we chat with artist Joel Daniel Phillips, who is currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow. A California native, he tells us about his new show, "It Felt Like the Future Was Now," which is on view at Philbrook Downtown through May 19th. Per the Philbrook Downtown website: "Phillips chooses images charged with history. The labor, both physical and emotional, needed to create his graphite drawings is part of what draws the viewer into the work. Phillips creates a tension between pure beauty and uncomfortable truths. For the Philbrook Downtown exhibition, his first solo museum show, Phillips expands upon a body of work exploring the burgeoning oil industry in Oklahoma and Southern California in the 1950s. Tinged with nostalgia, the works have an ominous tone and reveal a past rarely considered."