Lawrence Philp makes abstract paintings and mixed media constructions. The work is painterly and expressive and the compositions seem to evolve according to Philp's process and his reactions to that process. Philp's work was recently included in exhibitions at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center and Visual Arts Gallery in Daytona Beach, FL. Recently, he exhibited paintings in I Kan Do Dat, a group exhibition featuring 80-90 artists at three gallery spaces in Chelsea and Brooklyn with Philps' work being displayed at the Skylight Gallery in Bedford Stuyvesant. The exhibitions were curated by Danny Simmons, Oshun Layne, and Che Baraka. Lawrence Philp lives and works in Palm Coast, FL.
From the Artist's Statement:
I am currently making two kinds of work. I
make mixed media constructions and mixed media paintings. The mixed media
paintings on canvas use a variety of paint application layers either brushed or
poured onto the substrate. My initial work in this manner found me editing some
of the paintings with painted cardboard relief surfaces as well as painted
paper mache relief surfaces, paint skins, paint scraped onto the surface with
homemade cardboard scrapers, plastic Bondo scrapers or anything that I had that
would allow me to pull paint across the surface. My painted surfaces are brushed poured, taped
or have collage applications. I have added additional elements such as soaked
newspaper, brushed, rolled and/or poured painted surface, grated paint skins,
combed paint surfaces as well as reworked sections of old paintings cut up and used
as collage elements.
I am making mixed media constructions. The
mixed media constructions are for me one answer as to how I make my work. The
building aspect of the mixed media work takes me out of a comfort zone vis avis, making paintings on a flat substrate. I have used a scroll saw
to cut relief shapes out of wood, the cut out wood surfaces are primed and sanded
and filled when necessary and then painted as well as glued down dimensionally.
I am using these ways of working to enliven
my painting surfaces. In the past my painting practice involved making flat
paintings with brushes on paper and on canvas; paintings which were comprised
of overlapping planes and broken color, painted ornamentation along with
disparate elements including fractilization of the paintings planes, shape manipulation
and shape invention. Some of the current painting outcomes are leading me to
something else that I have not been able to put my finger on. I am looking
forward to further discoveries.
I work on one painting at a time. I work on
a painting wall that has more than one painting in a variety of drying
conditions, repainting conditions or layering conditions. I like to keep my painting
wall active. My painting wall has many paintings that I am working on and
looking at. My paintings develop on the painting wall until the individual paintings
have used up all of the compositional resonances and influences from each
other. I sometimes then will just use an editing color to neutralize the work
on one or two paintings on the wall and start again. I start a painting put it
down and start another. Working in this manner
allows me to put things down, remove them, borrow something from another
painting and make something unexpected. There is nothing like working on five,
six, or ten paintings during a work period for me.
I have written this artist statement to provide
a narrative for the photos of work on my painting wall. I am using this as a
way of mapping out and describing what I do in my work. The dimensions for the
paintings are 8 x 10”, 12 x 12”, 14 x 16” and 16 x 20”.
*All images courtesy of Lawrence Philp. Some works shown may be in process.
heavylightweight lightness of color and action // gravitas of conviction and tradition // curated by Douglas Witmer Featuring work by: Karen Baumeister, Michael Brennan, Jeffrey Cortland Jones, Daniel Levine, and Warren Rohrer Opening: May 2, 6-10 PM May 2 - June 1, 2014 Tiger Strikes Asteroid 319A N 11th Street Suite 2H Philadelphia, PA 19107