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.

 

Paul Carr www.paulcarr.info
Paul Corcoran  
Corinne Felgate            www.corinnefelgate.com
Janne Malmros www.jannemalmros.com
Bruce McClean www.projectsconcepts.com
Will McClean  
Meg Shirayama  
Estelle Thompson www.estellethompson.com
John Walter  www.johnwalter.net
Gary Woodley  
Ichia Wu www.ichiawu.com
Toby Ziegler  

Have a look at pictures from the Private View in our online gallery.

 

Download the advert here - The Art of Function

 

Unfold (JMalmros)
 
Plywood, polypropylene, oil paint, wax pigment
 
Screen printed wallpaper with 3D element
 
Birch plywood
 
Acrylic on chestnut