| Exhibition in the Artists' Books Study
Area at the Library
School of Art, Media and Design, UWE Bristol:
7th June - 18th July 2004
Benedict Phillips is often described as one of the most diverse artists working in the U.K. today. He has a career which has seen him working as artist, writer and curator for over ten years. This was clearly demonstrated when he was made The Millennium Project poet for York by the poetry society and artist in residence for the internationally known photography gallery Impressions in 2001. Benedict often makes books to explain, represent and document his art actions - the books are often part of his multi-levelled, multimedia art appearances. His last specific book work Epide-mic was designed for The Law, a performance art festival organised by Hull time based arts in June 2003.
I am an Artist and Writer, based in Yorkshire. Much of my work is site specific and conceptual. Recently I have started a public art project for THE ART OF WELL-BEING in Bristol. It is intended that part of the outcome will be a permanent public art piece, to be developed through a research program including performance, and art actions involving the communities within the project area. I have just created a gallery based installation utilising the collections of Bradford City Council for the centenary show of Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, 22nd May to 19th September 2004.
I use: photography, performance, installation, video projection, text, glass, stone and have made web-based work. Much of my work is about investigating, researching and reacting to the places in which I find myself; then inserting artworks back into the public spaces which influenced and informed their production. Depending on the geography of the projects, my responses in their many guises have been floated, buried, placed, hung and flown.
For more than 10 years it has been part of my art practice to produce book works and limited edition artworks. Many of these have been made under the name of Field Study an organisation creating mail art, book works, and themed group shows – working internationally, co-founded by myself and David Dellafiora. The 9th September 2003 was the 10th anniversary of Field Study and well over 200 artists worldwide (including Japan, Russia and the USA) have made work in its name in the last decade!
My art and disleckseya: All of my work is touched in some way by my dislecksya, this becomes clear and clear the deeper my understanding of my work and disleckseya become. Most of the time it is just stuff I do, so I don’t know it is infloowenst by my disleckseya. After all if you could never remember the names of streets you look at the map and just remember the shape of the journey and then go their. If ever word you rite is sculpted letter by letter sound by sound their is virtually no deferens in the challenge of riting left to right or right to left. Their is never a word I cannot spell, becoz the standerd system duz not fit well in my hed I have billet my owen. And this onez roolz are that putting a word down on paper I can reed later on, is the priority. So if it soundz lik z, then Y yooz an s? recalling roolz that sit badly with my logic just confuz me, and many other people.
With the help of my dislecksick translashion dicshionery the Benedictionary you “the leksick” hoo find them selves exscloodid, and left out of the dislecksick werld can now be dislecksick to. Now with the help of the computer and werld wide web you to can be Dislecksick just go to The Benedictionary @ www.thebenedict.net and place some lexsick text, and press Benedikshonise.