Last month we announced the opening of a new gallery space in Peckham called Public House Projects. This month’s show features the work of Camberwell College of Arts BA Painting alumnus Paul Gallagher.
‘The Third Mind’ is a reference to the William Burroughs’ book of short stories, devised using his experimental “cut-up” technique, literally cutting the pages up and then combining and re-arranging the pieces to form new narratives and often-surreal imagery. Burroughs describes the feeling of paranoia induced by ‘really looking at what is before our eyes on an everyday level as the “naked lunch” of consumption.
Paul works with collage and found imagery. His practice raises questions regarding accepted notions of beauty and identity. The large-scale compositions featured in the exhibition move the work into a more sculptural, architectural area, where the abstracted forms escape the picture plane and threaten to spread out into the space.
Paul graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2011. ‘The Third Mind’ is his first solo show.
You can also read an interview with Camberwell College of Arts BA Photography Associate Lecturer and Founder of Public House Projects Neil Drabble on the FAD website.