PHILIP SINGLETON

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Born 1963, lives and works in Birmingham

Artist statement

I have been applying my passion for making images which started when my father gave me a heavy Russian Zenit SLR film camera in the 1970’s and I set up a pop-up darkroom in my parent’s kitchen on winter nights. The Pause Project; this is my personal but shared relationship with the city of Birmingham and its spaces and places. The images capture a reflective,  meditative, intimate view of Birmingham’s buildings that are in a pause state, life has left them, they await death by demolition or new breath through new use. Often the marks and scars of use are recorded on walls and surfaces, but human life has departed. The body of work is growing as each building at risk is accessed through careful negotiation and recorded as a memory to be shared. I see this as an important gathering of memories as Birmingham once again embarks on the growing pains of massive regeneration.

Defining : The moment of discontinuity : The state of in-between”.
Acting : To dwell in the moment and capture the interstitial state”.

Exhibitions and presentations

2017 Royal Birmingham Society of Artists’ Gallery in Birmingham (selected by the panel of independent judges – Paul Hill MBE FRPS, Jim Duncan, Lorentz Gullachsen, and Grahame Wickings)
2017 Redeye’s Hothouse for emerging talent in Sheffield
2017 Photocafé practice presentation of work in Birmingham
2017 As part of the Developed in Birmingham Collective
2017 Opus Restaurant Birmingham.
2017 Bar Opus Birmingham
2017 Unseen International Photo Exhibition, Amsterdam, Netherlands, a Flâneur Collective

Collections

Philip has been identified as a strong and collectable image maker and has sold his work to the head of an international bank in Birmingham, a Hong Kong and Brooklyn based property developer as well as the owner of a restaurant chain in Birmingham

Residency

Philip is currently photographic Artist in Residence at K4 Architects, based in Digbeth, Birmingham. He is exploring the design process and experimenting with crafting imagery fused with concrete.