Michael Phillipson

I take the challenge to the contemporary visual arts (and music…) to lie in the void where language staggers to a halt and disintegrates.

Although painting is the site to which I continually return, I also construct objects and photos, my choices being dictated by the materials – invariably detritus – as they plead for just one last chance.

In writing about making-for-art across a range of texts I have tried to explore the tensions defining the threshold where makers engage the cultural institutions controlling the arts’ post-studio after-life. A sequence of such related texts is gathered under the title ‘Art’s Plight’ and is available, together with a supporting archive, at michaelphillipson-arts.co.uk