I first discovered Satellite 66 at The Bold Italic's 6th and Market microhood event in February. It was a very new gallery at the time (bravely positioned on 6th Street, between Market and Mission), and I remember being impressed by one of the owners – Valerie Leavy. As we were pouring wine for a bunch of 20 and 30 somethings, a downtrodden member of the neighborhood with a brown-bagged tall boy came in and pulled her aside to engage her in conversation. She listened, and treated the woman with the utmost respect.
So it's no surprise that she's hosting artist Joel Daniel Phillips' first solo show – "No Regrets in Life." Joel's work is in the same vein as Hugh Leeman; they both do portraits of characters around their homes at the intersection of 6th and Market. But Joel's portrayals are very different. Whereas Hugh tends to use paints and oil pastels and wheatpastes his work up around town, Joel uses charcoal and chiaroscuro for a more detailed effect, and his drawings are life-sized. Both artists call attention to the folks that many people avoid for one reason or another.
The show will be up at Satellite 66 from today through June 30. The opening reception is tonight, Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m. If you decide to check it out, be sure to refer to our 6th and Market microhood round-up for other galleries, restaurants, and shops to visit while you're in the neighborhood.