PHIL COY
Phil Coy’s longstanding fascination with the representation of land and property is the basis for
a series of pieces he describes as Landscape Prototypes. The artist takes elements of the
digital landscape and reproduces them in low-fi materials before placing them back in the
landscape they originally represented.

The latest in the series Provincial Landscape was made earlier this year during the Finnish
winter. The work began as a search for a ‘typically Finnish’ landscape via conversations with
local people. It was decided that an area close to the village of Lieto, 15km east of the City of
Turku best fitted the description. A map of this area was matched to an autumnal satellite
image from which a line of 17 pixels were chosen. These pixels were colour matched and
carefully reproduced at 1:1 scale using paint and board. The resulting monochromatic
paintings were then installed and photographed in the exact place they had once represented
so that a digital autumnal landscape was placed into a real winter landscape.

Like the first work in the series a walk in the park (2001), once described as ‘a cross between
Carl Andre and Teletubies’, Provincial Landscape (2007) makes a clear visual reference to the
Minimalist and the Land Art movements. What differs with Provincial Landscape and earlier
works in the series is its placement within an idealised landscape and it’s allusion to the genre
of landscape painting.

Provincial Landscape was first shown at DiY a survey show of digital art at Ars Nova Museo,
Turku, Finland (2007). Phil Coy’s other recent exhibitions include Incommunicado,
Cornerhouse, Manchester (2004); Real Estate, ICA, London (2005); Omega, ev+a Biennial,
Limerick (2006); Hannah Rickards: Thunder / Phil Coy: Test Signal, South London Gallery,
London. (2006); Phil Coy / Dave Carbone, Andrew Mummery (2006).

Lives and works in London.

STUDIED

2000         MA Fine Art, The Slade, University College London         
1995         Post Diplome, L'ecole des beaux arts, Nantes, France.
1993         BA (Hons) Fine Art, John Moores University, Myrtle Street, Liverpool.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

2006
Portraits, City Projects, London
Test Signal featuring the New London Chamber Choir, South London Gallery
2005
Ten and a half square miles against reason, 198 Gallery, London

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

2007
Publish and be Damned Fair, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, Shoreditch, London
DiY, Ars Nova Museum, Turku, Finland
Place Memory, Site 07, Stroud, UK
2006
Phil Coy & Dave Carbone, Andrew Mummery, London
Arcade, Westbourne Studios, London        
Give Away ev+a biennial, Curated by Katerina Gregos, Limerick, Ireland
Framed, Slade Research Centre, London
2005
Right Brain tests for Artists - Drum Lecture with Dave Carbone for Bob & Roberta Smith, Beaconsfield Gallery, London
Index of first Lines - Drum Lecture with Dave Carbone, Museum for Garden History, London
Real Estate: London in Six Easy Steps, ICA, London
Cloud & Vision, Museum for Garden History, London
2004
Incommunicado    Haywood Gallery Touring Show; Sainsbury’s Centre; Corner House, Manchester
Edinburgh City Museum
Pizza Express Drawing Prize Finalists, Tea Building, London
Like beads on an Abacus designed to calculate infinity, Curated by Andrew Hunt - Rockwell, London
2003
Reminisce This - Drum Lecture with Dave Carbone, Artsadmin
Exhumed, Museum for Garden History, London
Mientrastanto, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid
A Great Piece of Turf, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London
2002
Acton Crawl, Acton Arts, London
KanaNahk / GooseFlesh, Rakvere Art Museum, Estonia
Club, Le Comfort Modern, Poitiers
Minus 20, Gasworks Gallery / www.e-2.org
2001
Freebase, Century Gallery, London
The Doughnut Concept, Curated by Mark Beasley – CIDA, London
Video Screening 01 & Basel Art Fair & ARCO Madrid. VTO, London
2000
DVersell, The Lux Centre for Film, Video & Visual Arts, London

FELLOWSHIPS, RESIDENCIES & AWARDS

2005        Residency at Lambeth Archives
2004        Gasworks International Artist Fellowship for residency at Caribbean Cultural Association
2003        Artsadmin Bursary
2002        Visual Artists Grant, London Arts
2001        ACAVA First Base studio residency award
        Duveen Scholarship – Travel Award to retrace Goethe’s Italian Travels through Sicily, Italy and Germany.
        British Academy Professional and Vocational Award
        New Work and Commissions Award, West Midlands Arts
        Production Bursary, VIVID, Birmingham Centre for Media Arts

ARTISTS PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBITION CATALOGUES

2007
Pilot Catalogue launched at Venice Biennale.
2006
Give Away ev+a Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Katerina Gregos. Gandon Editions. ISBN 0946846 928
1km2 Audio Guide for Central London, edition of 100, Self Published, London
2005
1km2 Audio Guide for Loughborough Junction, edition of 100, Self Published. London
2003
Incommunicado; Exhibition Catalogue. Essay by Margot Heller. Haywood Gallery ISBN 1 85332 232 6
Exhumed: Exhibition Catalogue. Museum of Garden History. Parabola. ISBN 0-9537752-9-I
2001
Slimvolume Publication. Curated by Andrew Hunt and Helena Sundström / Austrian Cultural Forum
Sparwasser HQ, Berlin / Konst-ig Stockholm.
The Doughnut Concept: Exhibition Catalogue, Essay by Mark Beasley
1999
Binary Propositions: Catalogue Essay: Something out of nothing; Sacha Craddock:ISBN:1236-1798

REVIEWS

2007        Turun Sanomat: 16 January. Article about the production of Provincial Landscape by Kaisa Kujanpaa. p.3 & 13
2006        Circa Magazine: March – May. Ev+a review by Paul O’Brian.
2004        Art Monthly: June. No. 277 Like Beads on an Abacus Designed to Calculate Infinity: Reviewed by David Barret p.21
        The Spectator: June. Moments of Experience: Essay on the ‘renaissance of drawing’ by Laura Gascoigne
        The Sunday Herald: Edinburgh 28 March. Incommunicado: Reviewed by Catriona Black
        Metro: Edinburgh 19 March. Incommunicado: Reviewed by Alan Chadwick        
        Untitled: Contemporary Art, No. 31. Incommunicado: Reviewed by Catherine Moseley  p.74
2003        Contemporary; Issue. 50. Ben Tufnell. Great Piece of Turf; A Great Piece of Turf.  Review. p.83
        The Observer Review, 31 August. Liz Hoggard; The old tombs are the best Exhumed. Review. p.10
        The Big Issue: No 551. Helen Sumpter; Dead Good; Exhumed. Review. p.30-31
        Blanco y Negro Cultural. 19 July. Victor Zarza. Parénthesis especial. Mientrastanto.  Review. p.30
        El Cultural, Spain. 10 July. José Marín-Medina. El arte que más refresca. Mientrastanto. Review. pp.24-25
        El Pais, Madrid, 28 June. Andrea Aguilar. La plaza imaginaria. Mientrastanto: Review p.24
        El Mundo, Madrid, 25 June. Esther Alvrado. Invadidos por el ocio. Mientrastanto; Review. p.12
        Time Out. Issue. 1711. Crtitics Choice, A - Clips Film section
2002        Guardian Guide, Preview of Evidence, 9 December
        Guardian Online: Minus 20: Sean Dobson

PUBLIC TALKS & LECTURES

2006        The Lambeth Lecture, Dan Graham's pavilion Waterloo Sunset at the Hayward Gallery, London
2005        International Connections, Arts Council Fellowships, Gasworks Gallery, London
        Auto-Lecture (Taking Notes from Gustav Metska, Hewitt & Jordan and Dave Beech and Loraine Leeson), ICA, London
        Radio Lecture with Dave Carbone, Bob & Roberta Smith’s Make your own damn music, Resonance Fm
2004        Violent Property (Auto-Lecture), Pavel Büchler’ talk program, Corner House, Manchester