PAPER #16: The Functionality of Thought

20 Sep 2014 – 1 Nov 2014

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Open saturdays 11-5pm.

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PAPER Gallery

Manchester, United Kingdom


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  • 59, 2
  • Manchester Victoria

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The Functionality of Thought


Allan Bech / Jenny Core / Aly Helyer / Shinbo Hiroshi / Paraic Leahy / Sharon Leahy-Clarke / Richard Meaghan / Hannah Wooll / Wen Wu.

Private view: Thursday 18 September, 6 ' 9pm
Exhibition dates: 20 September ' 1 November 2014
Opening Times: Saturdays only, 11am ' 5pm

In 1924 Andre Breton wrote the first Manifesto of Surrealism, in which he defines surrealism as: "Pure psychic automatism by means of which one intends to express, either verbally or in writing or in any other manner, the actual functionality of thought. Dictated by thought, in the absence of any control exercised by reason, free of any aesthetic or moral concern." For the exhibition The Functionality of Thought we have asked several contemporary artists for whom these ideas remain prevalent in their practice today to further explore ideas of surrealism.

At the private view of Functionality of Thought, Mike Chavez-Dawson will present Reworked 6, a unique drawing-performance devised for PAPER. With a new bespoke laser-drawing to work upon, this body of work continues his exploration into a performative curatorial dynamic. Taking Marx Ernst's surrealist method 'Frottage', Chavez-Dawson will provide variable pencil rubbings that features a kaleidoscopic mandala-esque design of the eyes of PAPER's directors.


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