As far as I know artist Phillip Vigil has never done a Blurb book, but he’s still here on Dispatches. I’m hoping to trick him into doing a book together, and once you see his work you will understand why. I’ve also made some interesting photographs of Phillip over the years, so the resources are there. Quiet, shy but humming with energy when he finally gets talking, Phillip is someone born with creative in his blood.
Once, while involved in a trade with my wife (she makes jewelry) Phillip dumped a box of prints on the hood of my car. A freezing morning in Albuquerque. I couldn’t believe how much work he had. What I love about this is when I talk with Phillip about art the conversation is just about the art. It’s almost like there is any other option for him. This wasn’t a “Hey, I’m good at this so I’ll make as much money as I can,” thing. That’s not to say he doesn’t do shows, sell work, he does for certain, but I get the feeling he would be making art if he were trapped in a mineshaft. Thanks Phillip!