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Richie Culver & Philip Newcombe "Thinking Positive"

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About Richie Culver

Born in Hull in the North of England into a working-class family, Culver was not exposed to art growing up and left school with no qualifications to work in a factory making caravans. His practice encompasses diverse elements that range from painting, sculpture and photography to digital performance. Within this, Culver’s work is largely biographical wrestling with aspects of contemporary masculinity, the class system and the digital lens through which we live our lives.

A large proportion of Culver’s practice lies in his antagonistic relationship with technology, the ultimate impermanence of social media and the effects upon human interaction and linguistics, alongside personal and cultural memory. In this regard, much of the material for Culver’s works are formed from images collected on his phone including mundane mobile photography, google translate and notes apps screenshots containing excerpts of conversations, phrases and information.

These screenshots are then blown up and printed on canvas, ultimately forming a visual record of an inner monologue that is fractured and at times disconnected. For example, short phrases translated into different languages and obscured by overpainting creates a visual metaphor for the quick ease at which these digital innovations create a superficial human connection that is ultimately alienated from true apperception.

Text by Abby Mckenzie


About Philip Newcombe

*1970 Germany

lives and works in a van

2003 MFA Fine Art, University of Reading

1994 BA (Hons) Fine Art, St Martins School of Art, London


exhibitions (selected):



THE ESTATE, Open Hand Open Space, Reading



Elymus Repens, Bar Babette, Berlin

A Clown Walks Into A Gallery..., GRUNDY Art Gallery, Blackpool

'Cellar', ATTIC, Brussels



mosquito, Å+, Berlin (solo)

Studio residency: CCA Andratx, Mallorca



12 page supplement for Sluice magazine, launch at Bushwick, Brooklyn

Quiz 2, MUDAM, Musée d‘art Moderne, Luxembourg



Kosmografia, Croxhapox. Ghent

ˈɪntəˌluːd, Maria Stenfors, London (solo)

The Whole Wide World, The International 3. Manchester



Quiz, Galeries Poirel, Nancy

Dolph Projects, London

Morphisisation, APT Gallery, London

démocratie, Tripode, Rezé, Nantes

COMPANY, Maria Stenfors, London (solo)

El Hotel Électrico, M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp

Truly Flabby Preludes (for a dog) 1/3 : Pink noise, La Maison Populaire centre d‘art contemporain, Montreuil

Art Rotterdam (with Maria Stenfors)



Pollen, CAPC, Musée d‘art contemporain, Bordeaux (solo) Curated by Alexis Vaillant

The 5th Dimension, Ricou Gallery, Brussels

Drunk vs Stoned III, Neon Parc, Melbourne. Aus

Biopic, Maria Stenfors. London

Butterfly, Artangel 100. London

Spilt Milk, FORT. London (solo)

Mostyn 18, MOSTYN. North Wales


Recent Selected

The One Show, FORT Gallery, London; BigMinis: Fetishes of Crisis, CAPC, Musée d‘art contemporain, Bordeaux; You‘ve got a face like a sack of spuds falling to the floor, Performance at the International Rotterdam Film Festival (De Player); Sphinxx, Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London; New York Art Book Fair, with Jessica Silverman Gallery. San Francisco; Legend, Centre d‘art Contemporain, Chamarande. France; Pilot 3, Venice (nominated by Marc Camille Chaimowicz)



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10551 Berlin

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