phil@philconstable.co.uk07739395655

Born in Canterbury, Kent, 1971. Graduated BA (hons) Fine Art, Liverpool John Moore’s University 1995. MA Creative Technology at the University of Salford 1998. I am interested in how space and objects hold memories that continue through time. My work is driven by the ghosts of the past, whether an empty high rise flat, a path in the woods or family photo. Engaging with these spaces, objects and histories to create a visual response.

I have been working as an artist for over twenty years. My work expands from site-specific installation in New York to moving image light installations in London. I am now creating work as a commercial artist been represented by Comma Ca Arts, Manchester and KIN Gallery, Manchester. As a result of learning how to silver using techniques the Victorians used I have been combining my printing skills to develop my art practice. 

FAMILY PORTRAIT 002, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester with Comma Ca Art

FAMILY PORTRAIT 002, The Lowry Hotel, Manchester with Comma Ca Art is the continuation of Family Portrait series, over lapping layers of mark making with the view into my history. Connecting the developing marks made on glass to mask out time then hand silvering over these layers creating the transition of viewing through a transient reflective surface.

FAMILY PORTRAIT 001, KIN Gallery, Manchester

FAMILY PORTRAIT 001, KIN Gallery, Manchester a collection of new work consisting of prints, painting and mirror art.The last five years I have been learning how to silver on glass using victorian methods as I wanted to create work relating to an accident that happened to me and how my life is a transiency moving through time. Creating over lapping layers of mark making with the view into my history. Connecting the developing marks made on glass to mask out time then silvering over these layers creating the transition of viewing through a transient reflective surface.

Might and Main, Penthouse Project, Manchester

Might and Main, Penthouse Project, Manchester. A residnecy in an old tech college and engineering building. In the residency I spent time in the space exporing traces of previous occupancy. I created a series of light installations using ceiling light fittings I had found in the space. I screen printed an old family photo on glass then replaced it in the ceilling. The lights were operated on timers, intermittently, creating an environment that is in flux, shifting between the ‘architectural space’ and ‘memory space’.

 
Half Life 002, Wedgewood Project, Staffordshire, UK
   
   

Half Life 002, Wedgewood Project, Staffordshire, UK The work is based around the engagement with dissolving, vanishing structures and forms found within the environment https://www.facebook.com/HalfLife discovering a ruin of a house built by Joseph Wedgwood in the late 1800’s in Ham Heath & Newstead Woods, Staffordshire. I made illuminating frabricated structures to redevelop the borders from the orginal foundations. The text illluminated in the structures is a quote used in 1787 from the famous Wedgewood porcelain cameo promoting the, abolition of slavery “AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER” 

   
Memory & Space 002, Manchester    
 

Memory & Space 002, Manchester Using a series of fluorescent lights, digitally converted cine film and slides taken from family history. The fluorescent lighting illuminates and interrupts the projected moving imagery intermittently, creating an environment that is in flux, shifting between the ‘architectural space’ and the ‘memory space’. Video - Memory & Space 002

   
Rural Projects, New York - Half Life    
 

Rural Projects, New York Residency During the residency I created a site-specific piece based around the engagement with dissolving and vanishing structures and forms found within the environment of the Rural Projects site. Throughout the six weeks spent at Rural Projects, through engagement and research with the site, I produced a piece that juxtaposes the archeological remnants of man with modernist architecture. 'Half Life' is a permanent structure that remains on show for visitors to explore on the Rural Projects site. Here is the blog created for the residency that also documents creatation permanent structure LOOK AT THE BLOG

   
CAM [ Contemporary Art Manchester ] - reFlection    
 

CAM [ Contemporary Art Manchester ] - reFlection Vinyl and print installation on the iconic Will Alsop CHIPS building supported by Urban Splash and in association with Interval. Part of the Manchester International Festival. The site specific piece comments on the economic and structural climate, reflecting the changing surrounding landscape. Looking at the ever growing gap in affordable housing with referbished high rises and converted cotten mills and new builds, push people away from the homes and areeas they live to accomadate wealthier clients in and around city centres.

   
[noplaceprojects*] RePlace Exhibition, London - Memory Space 001 [ to view videos ]    
   

[noplaceprojects*] RePlace Exhibition, London - Memory Space 001 Video installation using a series of fluorescent lights and digitally converted cine film. The fluorescent lighting illuminates and interrupts the projected moving imagery intermittently, creating an environment that is in flux, shifting between the ‘architectural space’ and ‘memory space’. Video - RePlace, Memory Space 001 and RePlace, Memory Space 002

   
Spinning Fields, Manchester - Project X05    
 

Spinning Fields, Manchester - Project X05 Social commentary on government research project looking into re-housing methods and cost effectiveness of buying and reclaiming abandoned housing against building new builds to access effective housing.

   
Holden Gallery, Manchester - High Rise 003    
 

Holden Gallery, Manchester - High Rise 003 Site specific installation exhibited at the Holden Gallery Manchester. It is a 12 meter by 5 meter screen print. The work politically plays with the rebirth of abandoned high rise blocks into new trendy inner city living, encapsulated within the Victorian architecture of the Holden Gallery. Playing with the contrast between the brutalist style of budgeted modernist architecture and the brutal manner the less wealthy are treated in a return to Victorian times.

   
DADI Buiding, Manchester - Serious Provoke  
 
DADI Buiding, Manchester - Serious Provoke A collection of paintings exhibited at the DADI Building, Manchester. The work is based around articles published in the Guardian news paper on the Iraq War and the Stanford Prison experiment. The theme of both stories is the social and political awareness of how we act as individuals and as a collective mass.    

 

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