Phil Alcock's ideas for art spring from events of the day. Curiosity to understand more about an event then takes him in different directions. He looks to similar events in history, always struck by uncanny similarities, and the more he delves the more he becomes restless and bothered. His artworks must have aboutness, and usually refer to some aspect of power, privilege or injustice. His practice is about the interplay between truth and fiction. It addresses the representation of politics (which for him, means, how can the artist best depict those issues that concern him or her?) and the politics of representation (more specifically, how the artist perceives an issue compared to how that issue is depicted in society). His works create their own truth, a fictional truth which develops from a previously unfaithful portrayal of reality.
emulsion paint on wooden frame, quilted calico and full British Army tunic 200 x 100 x 7 cm
They Fuck You Up
acrylics on canvas 117 x 169 cm
acrylics on 13 pieces of canvas, attached to a wooden batten 117 x 180 cm
acrylics on canvas 147 x 117 cm
Domine Nos Dirige
acrylics on canvas 149 x 146 cm
acrylics on canvas, 84 x 119 cm
acrylics on canvas 92 x 147 cm
Queueing for Castration in Kenya
acylics on canvas 117 x 147 cm
The Heights Bar
acrylics on canvas 91 x 117 cm
The State of Israel
12 faces in clay, each with label, each approximately 10 cm in diameter.
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