by Brad Phillips
Brad Phillip is best known for his paintings which are frequently sourced from his own photographs. This is his first work to present solely original photographs. In a mocking nod to the prevalent imagery of naked women, usually models, in fashion editorials and advertising campaigns, as well as vintage pornography that fell under the rubric of ‘studying naturalism’, Phillips present a series of female nudes. He follows two tattooed woman as they undress, walk through a west-cost Canadian forest, and then dress. Feeling like the outtakes from a cult photo album, the images play with a notion raised by Elizabeth Barret Browning that the naked human body is sexual only a fraction of the time.