Redacted Royal Retouched, 2020
Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper
12 x 16 inches (30.5 x 40.6 centimeters)
Edition of 25
© Phil Coy, 2020.
Phil Coy (b.1971, Gloucester) is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, known for his work exploring the intersection between digital and analogue modes of production. He works across a range of media, collaging concepts rooted in the radical art and literature of the 20th century, with languages and architectures of contemporary global commerce.
Redacted Royal Retouched (2020) is a digitally enhanced photograph of a modified ‘Royal’ model typewriter, that Coy originally produced for the mechanical construction of random language thrown from an island into the sea, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2016). Coy’s manipulation of the typewriter, both physically and digitally, complicates the status of the object as artefact. The Royal model typewriter has a near mythical status as the model used by Jack Kerouac to write On the road (1953), and then again by Ed Rushca as the subject of his seminal book work Royal Road Test (1967).
Coy’s recent exhibitions and screenings include: South London Gallery (2018); Royal Observatory Greenwich Planetarium (2018); York Museum and Art Gallery (2018); Annely Juda Fine Art (2018); FACT, Liverpool (2017); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017); Feren's Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum (2017); Wilkinson Gallery, London (2016) and the 58th + 59th BFI London Film Festivals. His permanent public work your right to continued existence [cally colour chart] (2016) is sited under the ‘Cally bridge’ on the Caledonian Road, London.
He is currently working on a film commission with Cement Fields for Estuary 2021 and a public work to coincide with the launch of Matt’s Gallery Nine Elms space in 2021.