Richard Phoenix - Astigmatism: Sight Paintings
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The paintings in Astigmatism are part of a wider documentary project featuring Phoenix’s friends — many of whom are artists in their own right; as well as participants in London’s DIY community. Made without the aid of lenses (which he wears to correct defective eyesight) the process forced a new approach and way of looking. Macro studies of texture and colour were then re-photographed, edited and arranged across 82 pages; interwoven among the original works and with a new text by Bryony Beynon - framing the ideas contained within the work around embracing imperfection and social models of disability. The resulting bookwork, designed by Robin Christian is presented as a standalone piece of work – also as a document of an ongoing series.
Richard Phoenix is an artist living and working in London. He also plays in the band Sauna Youth and is the Director of Constant Flux - an organisation creating opportunities for musicians with learning disabilities.