Marred by dark perforations, monochrome drawings and paintings evoking the negatives of the Depression era



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October 8, 2021

Grace Ebert

All images are courtesy of Hashimoto Contemporary, shared with permission

Nearly a century after its onset, the Great Depression is still largely associated with the iconic imagery that came to define the era. Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” and the pursed-lip portrait of Walker Evans of Allie Mae Burroughs are two fundamental photographs that set the visual record for the period, and they accompany the approximately 175,000 photographs also commissioned by US Farm Security. Administration during these years.

Although extensive, this collection is today understood to be of limited scope, especially with regard to its inability to reflect racial diversity, as FSA chief from 1935 to 1941, Roy Stryker, deleted images that ‘he considered non-compliant. the agency’s objectives. When he wanted to reject a photo and prevent its dissemination, he marked it with a punch, an erasure evoked by Tulsa artist Joel Daniel Phillips in his striking series. Kill the negative point. 2.

The current project reinvents intimate portraits and larger shots from this period in the form of meticulous graphite and charcoal drawings and oil paintings in shades of red. Monochromatic and ranging from small portraits to life-size renderings, Phillips’ works complicate accounts erased from historical records by focusing on a larger and more diverse fringe of the population. “When the black voids of Roy Stryker’s hole punch are placed front and center, the reality of all the power that one white man had to shape the narrative reframes and redefines the whole discussion,” said said the artist in an interview on the first part of the project.

Included in Kill the negative point. 2, which takes place October 9-20 in Hashimoto Contemporary’s new Los Angeles gallery, offers a glimpse into rural and urban life with large-scale paintings of an older farmer, a young girl dressed in a frilly dress and a panoramic photo of a migrant family and their makeshift lodgings. A smaller artwork (shown below) recreates a selfie that FSA photographer John Vachon took the picture “in the mirror of a hotel room during a mission. He took several, and apparently Roy Styker (FSA chief) particularly hated this one, since he hit him twice, ”writes the artist.

To see more Kill the negative, visit Phillips’ site and check out his process on Instagram.

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