15” Deep Pan Stuffed Crust Portuguese Man O’ War
(Totaller’s Studio)

Paper Gallery, Manchester (sculptural installation), 2015

15” Deep Pan Stuffed Crust Portuguese Man O’ War (Totaller’s Studio) was an exhibition of new work from TOTALLER, built from various ephemera and artworks, turning PAPER into an all consuming collage.

15” Deep Pan Stuffed Crust Portuguese Man O’ War (TOTALLER’s Studio) takes Le Mur de l'Atelier d'André Breton, the seminal work by the Surrealist artist on permanent display at the Centre Pompidou, as it’s point of departure. The work is a reconstruction of André Breton’s studio featuring artworks by his contemporaries, artefacts from ancient civilisations, objects, and ephemera.

TOTALLER built a bespoke shelving system along one wall of the gallery to provide an architecture that would hold its own collection of detritus, existing artworks – including a selection of work from PAPER’s archive, new art objects made using papier-mâché, all combined with pre-used materials and objects. The exhibition collided distinct aesthetic registers, artistic sensibilities, and visual languages in an effort to extend and complicate the logics of collage and bricolage.

https://paper-gallery.co.uk/totaller
Reviewed by Eleanor Clayton for Art Monthly, April 2015.