The Art of Function
28 April – 9 September 2010
The Art of Function brings together 12 artists who individually or through collaboration have questioned the functional in art. This exhibition included artists with diverse practices using a wide-range of media. These works often thought-provoking, sometimes playful are combinations of art objects and functional objects, some made specifically and some modified. Several of the artists have utilised or considered an everyday item – such as a shelf, a desk, a rug, a painting table or wallpaper. Will Mclean decided to compose the text for the poster of the exhibition allowing functional text to exist as artwork. Paul Carr produced a series of radio programmes which were broadcast on Glyndŵr University's Calon FM, Ichia Wu designed and made a notional calendar for 2037.
To reverse the grammatical structure or syntactical logic of a linguistic proposition can be a helpful test as to its usefulness. Writer Mel Gooding, whilst attending a percent-for-arts do-good-orama (crumbs for art), asked what exactly someone meant by ‘Centre of Excellence’, as a ‘Periphery of Mediocrity’ wouldn’t seem an obvious ambition. In those terms ‘The Art of Function’ or ‘The Function of Art’ are both conceptually successful whilst pertaining to slightly different things.
|Corinne Felgate ||www.corinnefelgate.com|
|John Walter ||www.johnwalter.net|
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