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The Surface of Things, Manchester, England

PAPER #38: The Surface of Things

An exhibition of Abstract Painting as part of the Manifest Arts Festival 2017

Lisa Denyer / Frances Disley / EC / Brendan Fletcher / Roni Feldman / Jenny Hager / Sharon Hall / Vincent Hawkins / David Leapman / Mali Morris RA / Max Presneill


The exhibition is a collaboration between PAPER, Manchester and Durden & Ray, Los Angeles, and University of Salford and is part of the Manifest Arts Festival, a contemporary art biennial running from the 5th – 9th July 2017.


Showcasing the talent of North West based artists, the festival will feature over 30 events, exhibitions and workshops across venues in Manchester, Salford and Bolton. Amongst others, the exhibition features former John Moores Painting Prizewinner, David Leapman; Royal Academician, Mali Morris; and Liverpool Biennial Associate Artist, Frances Disley.


Exhibition dates: 1 July – 12 August 2017


Dada/ Here and Now, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Native, Roppongi 605 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. Curated by David Leapman and Kio Griffith
Artists including, Tom Dunn, EC, Kio griffith, David Leapman and James Rielly


After Eden, MuzeuMM, Los Angeles, CA

From The Barricades, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany

Icon, Duplex Gallery, Portland, OR


Dragnet, Manhattan Beach Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

An American Water Margin, University City Art Museum of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Guangzhou, China, with ARTRA Curatorial

i:23 @ Yokohama Triennial, Yokohama, Japan, with ARTRA Curatorial

Project LALO, Project/Number, London, U.K.

The-Great-Wrong-Place, Norte Maar, Brooklyn, NY


History-Lessons, Disjecta, Portland, OR

Homing-Pigeon, Gallery Lara, Tokyo, Japan

Marginal Revolutions,  Kuad Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, as part of Istanbul Biennial with ARTRA Curatorial


In the Dark, 12th Floor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Gang’s All Here, Central Utah Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT

Durden and Ray:Year II, Autonomie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Co/Lab II @ Art Platform Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Oasis, Shangrila, Joshua Tree, CA

Beyond Nowness, McNish Gallery at Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA

The New Cool School, White Box Contemporary, San Diego, CA

Fellow Travellers, 12th Floor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA



Co-Lab @ Art Platform Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Cosa Nostra, Gallery Rheeway, Los Angeles, CA

Vertigo, 12th Floor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Re:Present, 12th Floor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Film: Shorts, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Year-One, Commonspace, Los Angeles, CA

Year-One, Raid Projects, Los Angeles, CA



L_ove A_lways, Gallery Lara, Tokyo, Japan

L_ove A_lways, Gallery Eitoeiko, Tokyo, Japan

Art San Diego, Durden & Ray, San Diego, CA

Durden & Ray Presents, Phantom Galleries, Long Beach, C