A resident of Jamaica Queens, Julian Louis Phillips’work is aligned with his desire for a more just and equitable society; making art that is accessible physically and conceptually. Phillips work uses allegory for social discussion observing a continuation of work that turns the perception of issues such as race onto itself.
His sculpture are structures; they are physical representations of the systems that exist in our society and where “Structures and Performance” is the bedrock of his practice; the physical manifestations of his practice’s focus. His abstraction of social issues offers an opportunity to exorcise the deplorable aspects they produce: racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and nationalism.
He is a practitioner as well as a teacher. Phillips addresses social subjects that cannot simply be combated with inclusion but prove to engage through social psychic change; art is the best way to make this happen.
2018. Master of Fine Art in Social Practice at Queens College, Flushing, NY
2011. Bachelor of Fine Art at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, NY
2018. A Fresh Civility The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY
2017. House of Practice The James Gallery at The Graduate Center, New York, NY
2017. Gestures and Junctures, Questions and Quotes Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016. Heal The World Klapper Gallery, Flushing, NY
2016. Atlas [Index] Archive Queens College Arts Center, Queens, NY
2016. Tinder, Kindle, Fuel Klapper Gallery, Flushing, NY
2016. Demystify, Destroy, Rebuild! Museum of Impact, Newark, NJ
Performances, Ongoing Projects, and Collaborations
2018. Trees of Tomorrow, Public Performance in NYC, Flushing, NY
2017. Basquet, Public Performance, Lower Manhattan, NY
2017. A Reflection on Resistance, Queens Museum, NY
2017. How to Cleanse a Flag, Public Performance in NYC, Bowling Green, NYC
2017. Resistance Theatre Queens Museum, Queens, NY
2017. You, I and Other Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT
2018. Non-Teaching Adjunct (Direct Metal and Wood), Queens College, Flushing, NY
2014. Hotel Associate, Parker New York, New York, NY
2014-2016. Photographer, Faded Royalty, New York, NY
2012-2013. Housing Counselor, Valley Youth House, Warminster, PA