an attempt to avoid

An attempt to avoid the dissatisfaction that everything relevant will not be recorded (2010)
Wooden crate, audio recording and playback equipment, dimensions variable. Volt / USF Gallery, Bergen, Norway.

Stereo pair (2021)
Permanent site responsive sound installation, Brunel University Campus, six modular pre-cast concrete form installed as two solid state audio resonators

Redacted Royal Retouched (2020)
Framed c-type print, 20" x 24"

Yellowed Sun (1999-2016)
Framed tabloid newspaper and theatre spot-light.

Sunset with palm (2013)
Photo-montage of c-type zero frame prints. 20" x 24".

Landscape arising from within or of the thing (2012)
3 slide projections with single fading slides, dimensions variable.

Zero frame horizon (2010)
C-type prints, dimensions variable, Russian Club Gallery

Provincial landscape (2007)
Wall mounted photo-document (20" x 24" on dibond), floor piece 17 x 1m2 paint on board and wooden pallet.

Black spot (2006)
Photographic collage on dibond installed with 6 rolls of black agriculural plastic. 'Real Estate' Institute of contemporary art, London

Red square (2005)
Photographic collage on dibond 48" x 48" installed with six sheets of corrugated iron painted with red oxide.

The marriage of heaven & hell (2003)
Aluminium tread plate and lightning conductor.

From green to blue and back again (2002)
2-channel video installation dur.11 mins.

Three mega pixel satelitte (2003)
Glycee print on dibond 40" x 60"

A walk in the park (2001)
Wall mounted photo-document (20" x 24" on dibond), floor piece 12 x 1m2 paint on board and red oxide sack trolley.

Portable border. Hackney (2004)
1 of 12, 10" x 8", c-type prints
Portable border. Darmstadt (2002)
1 of 12, 10" x 8", c-type prints
Portable Border. Lahti (2001)
1 of 16, 10" x 8" c-type prints

Man in a striped t-shirt (2001)
6" x 4" Postcard, Sicily

A standard issue wooden crate, empty aside from an audio recording device and large battery is collected from the artist's studio and shipped via land and sea to the Gallery. On arrival the crate is opened out and the sound that it recorded on the journey is played back into the gallery space.

>> Press release (pdf)
>> Galeri Volt

These normally discarded or unprinted images have instead been carefully hand printed and hung vertically in a series of photographic collages. Seen as a whole the 'burn out' line forms a continual horizon between a collection of otherwise disparate images around the gallery. At the point of 'burn out', where these images hang between abstraction and indexical figuration, the medium of celluloid photography looks to define its own fleeting sunset.


>> Press release (pdf)
>> The Russian Club Gallery

The projected slides are shown in different numbers and constellations with variable dimensions and adjusted according to the architectural context of the exhibition. The single slides are reprinted for each exhibition and so slowly fade with the heat of their projection, thereby emulating the sunset they appear to depict.

First exhibited in the exhibition 'Chroma III', Volt, Bergen, Norway, March 2012

>> CHROMA III (external link)

Redacted Royal Retouched (2020) is a digitally enhanced photograph of a modified ‘Royal’ model typewriter, that Coy originally produced for the mechanical construction of random language thrown from an island into the sea, Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2016). Coy’s manipulation of the typewriter, both physically and digitally, complicates the status of the object as artefact. The Royal model typewriter has a near mythical status as the model used by Jack Kerouac to write On the road (1953), and then again by Ed Rushca as the subject of his seminal book work Royal Road Test (1967).

>> Turner Contemporary Open (2021-22)

stereo pair [two listening devices] is a permanent installation of six pre-cast concrete forms combined to form two interrelating sculptures that invite users to listen to ambient sound within the John Crank Gardens.

stereo pair [two listening devices] references pre-radar aircraft listening devices, and a horn based on the famous locally produced HMV ‘Morning Glory Gramophone. The pre-cast concrete elements include aggregate recycled from the former John Crank Building, demolished whilst Phil Coy was in residence at Brunel.

The structure of each listening device mirrors its environment and the architectural heritage of Brunel University Campus. The three structures create a social space for performance, whilst also enhancing sight and sound lines across the garden.

First exhibited in the exhibition 'The Green Ray', curated by Andrew Hunt. Artist included in exhibition: Danai Anesiadou, Anna Barriball, Ant Farm, Juliette Bonneviot, Matt Copson, Phil Coy, Jeffrey Dennis, Adham Faramawy, Travis Jeppesen, Nicholas Mangan, Xavier Mary, Mike Nelson, Lisa Oppenheim, Daniel O’Sullivan (Sunn O))) / Ulver), Katrina Palmer, Yuri Pattison, Elizabeth Price, Sophie Sleigh-Johnson, Mathew Sawyer, and Michelle Ussher

Wilkinson Gallery, London, 27 Feb - 10 Apr 2016

>> The Green Ray (external link)
>> Jamie Sutcliffe review in Art Monthly - 395 (pdf)

Ongoing series of photomontaged c-type zero frame prints.

The work began as a search for a ‘typically Finnish’ landscape via conversations with local people. It was decided that an area close to the village of Lieto, 15km east of the City of Turku best fitted the description. A map of this area was matched to an autumnal satellite image from which a line of 17 pixels were chosen. These pixels were colour matched and carefully reproduced at 1:1 scale using paint and board.



Provincial Landscape was exhibited at: DiY at Ars Nova Museum Turku. 31 March - 13 May 2007. Artists in the exhibition: Chris Burden (USA), Ed Burton (UK), Phil Coy (UK), Anita Fontaine (AUS), Juha Huuskonen & Tuomo Tammenpää (FIN), Animaatiokone Industries (FIN) , Manu Luksch (AUT), Zachary Lieberman (USA), Kristina Lindströn & Åsa Ståhl (SWE), Soda (UK)

Intervention at the Fieldgate Gallery, 14 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1ES. 15 September - 13 October 2007. Artists in the exhibition: Maria Anwander, Ruben Aubrecht, Paul Carter, Amanda Couch, Phil Coy, Cinzia Cremona, Richard Ducker, Shahram Entekhabi with Becky Ofek, Lothar Götz , Andrea Gregson, Andy Harper, Aisling Hedgecock, Charlie Jeffery, Christy Johnson, Fiona MacDonald, Sarah Pucill, Julian Hughes Watts , Laura White.


Black spot was a process in three stages. The first stage was to obtain a Satellite image of an area - in this instance Hyde Park, London. The second was to pinpoint a single pixel on that photograph and replace it with a black square of Polythene. The third was to take a second satellite photograph of the same area.

Black Spot was a vain attempt to use basic analogue means to interfere with how a single pixel is seen or reflected from space. It was also an attempt at negation and an attempt to draw a line between the earth and the sky. In the gallery the work is presented as a tryptic photograph: The central panel of the tryptic appears to document the process of laying out the black polythene square. The side panels of the tryptic are Satellite photographs which appear to show the before and after this event.


Photographic collage documenting pixel replacement using corrugated iron painted with red oxide in Port of Spain, Trinidad.





A one metre square aluminium tread plate attatched to lightning conductor of the church closest to William Blakes former residence at Hercules Gardens, London.

Four pixels were reproduced from a satellite photograph of Les jardins du Champ de Mars in Paris. They were then placed in the position they originally represented under the Eiffel tower.

A shot from the top of the Eiffel Tower makes a single slow pan and zoom shot that sweeps up from the green of the pixels on the ground to the blue of the sky above.

A stereo monitor installation depicts this movement between green and blue and through the figurative panorama of Paris. The crate which was used to transport the pixels is also displayed with the pixels as part of the installation.

A digital image of a passing satellite taken at night with an early low resolution Nikon camera and enlarged to a 40" x 60" print without any further image manipulation. Of its own accord the camera's light sensor and processor produced a galaxy of red and green pixels in response to the low light conditions.


12 pixels taken from a satellite photograph of Central Park New York reproduced at a 1:1 scale and photographed from roof of studio, London. The photo-document is shown in conjuction with the floor piece as a gallery installation



Series of photo-documents of a line drawn across Hackney, London with seasonal potted flowers.
Series of photo-documents of a line drawn across Darmstadt, Germany with seasonal potted flowers.

Series of photo-documents of a line drawn across Lahti, Finland with seasonal potted flowers

Postcard produced during a Duveen Travel scholarship on a journey insearch of Goethe's 'Urpflanze' beginning in Palermo and ending in Weimar.