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Artist: Philip Rosenthal

32° 49.228'N, 79° 57.221'W
Title: 32° 49.228'N, 79° 57.221'W
Description: Enamel on paper
Media: Painting
Size: 11 x 8
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Contact Philip Rosenthal


Phone: (831) 336-5163

2019  Showings

wheelchair accessible

May 11 - 12 , Site: 126
Pinewood School

327 Fremont Avenue
Los Altos, CA 94024


About Philip Rosenthal

Several photographs are combined by an algorithm to create a 3-D rendered model. This imperfect model is the source of my imagery. The titles of the paintings are the coordinates of the buildings depicted.

While on an ice climbing trip in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru, I learned that the high altitude farmers we met on our way to the peaks gave unique names to almost every rock and boulder within their eye line. This struck me as astonishing in an area with thousands of such stones. That was the moment I began to understand that people do not simply coexist with their environment, they socialize with it. My paintings are an examination of the way each of us reflexively forms attachments with the animate and inanimate alike. In my work I speculate about the effects these relationships have on perception. Most people who have camped by a waterfall seldom do so again. The aural illusion of voices, whispers and cries one invariably starts to hear in the water noises are universally disquieting. Contrary to conventional wisdom, which says we are often alone in a crowd, I believe that as self-domesticated hyper-social creatures, we are in a crowd even when alone.

My work has won numerous honors including six California Arts Council grants and two Artist-in-Residence awards at Villa Montalvo.