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Title :

Tom Phillips and the art of the everyday

Author :
MORAN, Joe ;
Publication year :
2002
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Examines the works of Tom Phillips, in particular his interest in photographs and postcards as visual traces of everyday life in Britain, in works such as Benches (1971), 20 Sites n Years (1973-), and The Postcard Century (2000). Phillips's photography follows an aesthetic of 'calculated stylelessness' which is designed to jolt the viewer out of any easy presumptions about historical change or cultural memory, offering a teasingly intimate insight into everyday life while rendering it slightly off-centre and out of focus. Similarly, Phillips's interest in the postcard stems from the fact that its polished commercial artifice is often compromised by its visual naivety, which allows it to feed into unsettling questions of memory and mortality. Phillips's work as a whole engages with what the French writer Georges Perec calls 'the infra-ordinary,' the momentary, fleeting aspects of life that escape analysis or representation. ;
Pagination/Size :
4 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ; 5306C06 - 1945- ; Peinture et arts graphiques ; Photographie ; 530-VI - 1945- ;
French keywords :
Carte postale ; Grande-Bretagne ; Iconographie ; Phillips, Tom, n.1937 ; Photographie ; Vie quotidienne ; 1900-2000 ;
Descriptors :
Daily life ; Great Britain ; Iconography ; Phillips, Tom, b.1937 ; Photography ; Postcards ; 1900-2000 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Visual culture in Britain, 2002, 3, 2
INIST identifier :
24903971 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 1471-4787 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher :
Ashgate, Aldershot
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;