Art’s Body

Very pleased that Theo Cowley is including my ‘Art’s Body’ audio-recording , featuring Jon Thompson, in a Luxus Extension event in Brussels celebrating Jon’s life and contribution to the arts on Friday, June 30th.

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 13.37.50 (1)Michael Phillipson/Jon Thompson, Amelia Saul/Claude Wampler, Axelle Stiefel

 Luxus Extension

Art’s Body

This event brings together works made between artists for particular contexts and in various forms of collaboration. The works deal, on some level, with what is extra, yet intrinsic to art; the pool of resources that go into its production.

Michael Phillipson’s audio work ‘Art’s Body: A Largely Sedentary Masque for Three Personae’ is a recording of a voice-text performance. Written by Michael Phillipson and performed by Michael Phillipson, Jon Thompson and Paul Filmer, during Jon Thompson’s exhibition ‘Ars Universitas by Jon Thompson’ at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, UK in 1985.

Sadly, Jon Thompson died in 2016 while we were preparing this event. We have inserted Willem Oorebeek’s ‘Regarding the Towers of Babel by Jon Thompson’, 2006 and a silkscreen print by Jon Thompson from the above exhibition.

Axelle Stiefel’s video documents a performance intervention, one of 3 produced for a program of live video streamed performances called ‘Performance Proletarians’ at Le Magasin, Grenoble in 2014.

Claude Wampler and Amelia Saul’s performance ‘N’a pas un gramme de charisme’ was performed at The Kitchen, New York City in 2013. Amelia Saul’s ‘The Script’, 2013 is a post-performance intermission leak “from the document dropped in lieu of a programme on the heads of the audience during the day of Claude Wampler and Amelia Saul’s performance ‘N’a pas un gramme de charisme’ (The Kitchen, New York City in 2013.)”

Video and sound event, Friday 30th June, doors 7pm, starts 7.30pm prompt. No admission after.

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Shoreham Sculpture Trail


Shoreham Sculpture Trail


Delighted to be participating in The London Group’s ‘Sculpture Trail’ in the village of Shoreham on June 17th and 18th! Here are images of four of the nine objects I will be placing in a lovely garden bordered by the River Darenth.


'graft of transference' (c.), laburnum, lead, wood base,25x10x11ins.                                        'Pantatonic' (c), hog-weed, wood, plaster, paint, 23x10x17ins

‘Hybrid’ © – laburnum, lead, wood base, 25 x 10 x 11 ins            ‘Pantatonic’ © – hog weed, wood, plaster, paint, 23 x 10 x 17 ins


'poor boy' (c), pitch fork , lead, wood17x19x8ins.                                                          'we're dicing with...', (compr.), t.v., cabinet, paint, 47x18x9ins.)

‘Poor Boy’ © – pitch fork, lead, wood, 17 x 19 x 8 ins              ‘We’re dicing with…’ © – (compr.), t.v., cabinet, paint, 47 x 18 x 9 ins

The catalogue for the Trail contains brief statements by the exhibiting artists. Here is mine!

Although my making always falls back on painting I like to move across a range of media. My choice of medium is project-specific. The three-dimensional objects (are they ‘sculptures’?) invariably emerge from some practical engagement with their materials. In the course of this handling they seem to propose something about their alternative potential as they fall away from usage! The vagrant materials – woods, metals, plasters, paints, machine-derivatives, whatever-at-hand –   collaborate in a resolutely useless venture. In their alludings they may gesture obliquely to the painting life which, however temporarily, they have set aside.