Gym balls in bright, bubblegum-pink, a folded up paper in an empty white room. Philip Newcombe often uses familiar, everyday objects such as lollipops, darts, paper and beach balls in creating his installations. Subtly modifying the relationship between the objects, he is able to engage them in a dialogue with the viewer and the space around them.
Newcombe creates ambiguous and sometimes contradictory narratives by adding or subtracting from the familiar objects. His works balance on a fine line between fact and fiction and often not all is what it seems to be at first glance. The artworks feed off against each other, like protagonists in a theatre play. Philip Newcombe was born in 1970 in Germany and lives and works in London. His recent works have been exhibited in London, Rotterdam, Paris, Melbourne and Bordeaux.
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