Phil Illingworth | Frightening Albert
11 April - 12 May 2012

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dyed cotton chenille, lime wood, enamel paint, varnish, wadding, plywood
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WW Gallery is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition at the gallery's new location 34/35 Hatton Garden, London. Frightening Albert is a solo show of new works by Phil Illingworth, which is inspired by and takes its name from, the notorious Watson experiments of 1920 surrounding stimulus response and conditioning.

The work is about painting - yet it is everything but paint on canvas. Rejecting the idea of a single image plane, Illingworth begins with notions of painting in 3-D, and then starts to explore.


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Curated by Debra Wilson & Chiara Williams

About the artist

Phil Illingworth has exhibited in the UK, the USA, and at the 53rd Venice Biennale. In 2010 he was selected for exhibition in John Moores, the UK's most prestigious painting prize.
He lives and works in England and France. More info:

Selected Exhibitions

Say what you see, Aspex, Portsmouth, January - March 2012
Salon 2011, Matt Roberts Arts, London, October 2011
ARC at Aspex, Portsmouth, December 2010 - March 2011
Salon 2010, Matt Roberts Arts, London, October 2010
John Moores 2010 Painting Prize, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, September 2010 - January 2011
Time, WW Gallery, London, May-July 2010
Little Gods, GASP, November 2009
Come Together, CoExist + Metal, September-October 2009
Travelling Light, London and Venice Biennale, May-June 2009
Parental Guidance, WW Gallery, London, March-April 2009
Affluenza, London, March 2009
Mink Schmink, WW Gallery, London, January 2009

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Phil Illingworth 'Cara Mia', glass, water, luminous plastic, lead, plinth (2011) 7 x 7 x 13 cm (exc. plinth)


04/05/2012 Reviews, press and interviews for Phil Illingworth 'Frightening Albert'
Friday 11th May 2012

'Event of the week',
Art Licks, April 9th

‘Illingworth has taken a spanking new space and pathological terror and turned them into something witty, engaging and colourful, making this an auspicious start for WW Gallery mark two.'
Kate Weir, Spoonfed

‘The two-room, L-shaped gallery, resplendent in its whiteness, could
indeed be mistaken for a lab, and it would be no great leap to imagine
oneself shut in there alone, left to play with the objects on display,
perhaps subject to video observation from afar, as part of some social

Anna McNay, roves and roams

The process led to the realisation of what I see as a personal lexicon of materials, raw ideas, and visual syntax. I gave myself 'permission' to use this vocabulary to express other concepts, and from that point on I knew that my practice had expanded enormously.'
Phil Illingworth on Jotta 'In Conversation: WW Gallery and Phil Illingworth'

"‘Frightening Albert' seems to embody, aesthetically and conceptually, what WW is all about.” In an attempt to pin-down this affinity, Williams and Wilson describe the show as “both bold and subtle, audacious without being pretentious, subversive and witty, visually and viscerally engaging, and above all superbly crafted.”

WW Gallery on Jotta 'In Conversation: WW Gallery and Phil Illingworth'

oozes conceptuality'
Art-e-facts Blog - Sandra Louison

"...the place was packed which made it difficult to see the work – so I shall have to make another visit – the work looks fascinating and I want to know more!"
Broughton Birnie Blog & video

‘a witty and materially rich show of new work' Lucy May

To mark the anniversary of Phil Illingworth's solo exhibition FRIGHTENING ALBERT, at WW Gallery, London Wednesday 11th April – Saturday 12th May 2012. Text by Paul Carey-Kent. A year on from Frightening Albert, Carey-Kent's excellent essay 'Fun with All the Family' puts Illingworth's practice into focus and coincides with the unveiling of three new works by Illingworth in WW's May - June 2013 exhibition North South Divine.




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