Phil Coy

Phil Coy

Phil Coy works across a range of media, collaging concepts rooted in the radical art and literature of the 20th century, with languages and architectures of contemporary global commerce. 

In 2000, he began making work exploring the intersection between digital and analogue modes of production, with an emphasis on landscape representation. In large scale land works such A walk in the park (2000), Red Square (2004) and Black spot (2005) he mixed techniques of digital imaging, minimalist painting and land art to produce a proto-augmented reality. Since 2007 he has worked primarily with experimental film, video installation and public works. His work often incorporates long periods of research, frequently working with specific communities, and alongside architects, software developers, specialist fabricators, musicians and scientists.

In 2019, Coy was the inaugural artist in residence at Brunel University where his new public work Stereo Pair will be launched in 2021. He is currently working on a new commission for Matt's Gallery to coincide with the launch of their new space in Nine Elms in 2021. 

He lives and works between London and Ramsgate.

Forthcoming and recent solo exhibitions and screenings include: a tower of falcons and a congress of crows, Matt’s Gallery (2021); Substance [a whole history of hollows and reliefs] (2018), South London Gallery, As far as I know, Focal Point Gallery, Southend (2015); Moving Images, Siobhan Davies Studios, London (2013); Façade, Grimshaw Architects, London Festival of Architecture (2012), Façade, Whitechapel Gallery (2011); Façade, South London Gallery (2010); Loop, Barcelona (2011); An attempt to avoid the dissatisfaction that everything relevant will not be recorded, Volt/USF gallery, Bergen, Norway (2010); Wordland, a LUX Event at The Arcola Theatre, London, (2008), Outpost, Norwich, (2008) and City Projects (2008); and The Russian Club Gallery (with Yuko Shiraishi), London (2010). 

Recent performances include: Nothing is dark as the memory of darkness, Eastside Projects, Performance as Publishing (2016); Krapps Shultz for Beckett and Byrne, Whitechapel Gallery (2013); Krapps Shultz, Whitstable Biennale (2012); Ode HB710 at Wysing Arts Centre (2012); Adaptive reuse and exfiltration, Whitechapel Gallery (2010); Where petty theft sleeps for 'A theatre to address', Arnolfini, (2010); The Lambeth Lecture; Dan Graham's pavilion at Hayward Gallery (2006). 

Recent group shows and screening include: The New Observatory, FACT, Liverpool (2017); Offshore, Ferens Art Gallery and Maritime Museum, Hull (2017); Being Boring, Living Art Museum, Reykjavik (2016); The Green Ray, Wilkinson Gallery, London (2016); 58th and 59th BFI London Film Festival (2014-2015); Aldeburgh Music festival (2013); Recollect, Wysing Arts Centre (2012); Artprojx Cinema, New York (2011); Film and Video, The Russian Club, London (2010); Real Estate, Institute of Contemporary Art, (2006); Incommunicado, Hayward Gallery Touring Show; Cornerhouse, Manchester (2004). 

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