Phil Toy

Phil Toy

Artist, Researcher

I an currently working on, 'Cacophony & Category". 

Concepts, ideas, themes: The background to my work is an interest in the relationship between beliefs and science, rationality/irrationality, the juxtaposition of order/disorder. How we categorise our world. Categorization, fragmentation against an interplay between 2 and 3 dimensions are key concepts. We each have to negotiate our own sense of being created by categories (structure) and a fragmented world of endless networks and gaps.

Recent work has seen a move away from working with photographic images taken by me and worked with oil paint and developed into montages. My practice creates what I call, 'displacements'. I use the word. 'punctuations' also in this context. A number of narratives may be suggested in the mind of the viewer by these works. Previously, I have researched the work of John Cage and his use of chance in composing, (see Chance Glass, 2011). Schoenberg is a strong influence. This interest in music is presenting in my work as musical scores, composed by me, exhibited as part of painting and/or with three-demensional elements.

Processes and techniques: I attempt to use methods and materials in relation to my purpose, theme or the site-relatedness of the project. I have experience of a very wide range of materials being familiar with acrylic and oil paint, resins, waxes, plasters, canvas and fabrics in addition to lighting, film and photography. I have also used perspex vitrines as a means of displaying work. My work is research-based, finding its direction from experimentation.

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Location Bristol, South West
Activities Practice-based research, Training delivery, Private commissions, Events management, Fundraising
Artforms / type of project Film & Video, Installation, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Tags Spike Island, MA Stars, Southwest UK

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