Philip Crawford

b 1988 USA. Lives and works in Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My artistic work explores the intersections between group narratives and perceptions of heroism, with a specific focus on my personal experience of race, gender, sexuality and religion. When approaching different subjects, I believe that working with deeply historical conceptual grounding challenges me to serve Art’s dual responsibility to aesthetic and philosophical rigor.

Many of my current projects appropriate images and text from comic books, dime magazines, penny novels, newspapers and auto-biographies. I use these documents as social-historical sources. I believe that comic books in particular provide an extremely fertile ground for investigating contemporary conceptions of heroism. In the American context, the images and stories themselves are important resources, but so are the histories of the artists, publishing houses, media companies and audiences that produced them. By thorough research of these interlocking parts, simple serial tales of caped and hooded heroes and heroines offer important revelations about historical moments (i.e.; social movements, domestic and global politics) and sociological forces (i.e.; education of children, perceptions of minorities).

As a self-taught, multi-media artist, my formal treatment of these topics varies. I work mostly in the mediums of painting, collage and sculpture. In using various media I like to manipulate distance, transparency, and readability to invite multiple and illusory readings, highlight simple personal revelations or prod skeptically at deep-seated “universal truths.” Layering. Stacking. Censoring. Subverting. Highlighting. Expanding. Sequencing. Visual vivisection of stories…not unlike that found in the panels and pages of comic books.

Philip Crawford
August 1, 2017

Vita

Education
  • History, Stanford University, Stanford CA USA
  • History of Art, Oxford University, Oxford UK
Exhibitions
  • 2018 Group Exhibition, Pleasure and Pain, Retramp Gallery, Berlin Germany (upcoming)
  • 2017 Solo Exhibition, Hold Me Close Forever, Art und Weise, Berlin Germany
  • 2016 Solo Exhibition, To Die In Your Arms, Brix, Prague Czech Republic
  • 2016 Solo Exhibition, No Heroism In Love, Zizkovsiska Gallery, Prague Czech Republic
Collections
  • Private Collection, San Francisco CA USA
  • Private Collection, Atlanta GA USA
  • Private Collection, Berlin Germany

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