Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan

‘A Charming Meaning, A Solid Meaning, A Struggling Meaning’ 2007


128 pages

20.3 x 24.8 cm

Texts by Polly Staple, Will Bradley

Published by Dumont, Cologne

£20.00 GBP



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About the Publication

Published to accompany the exhibition, A fee to avoid our expenses at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, this volume features sculptures and installations including Think, Thingamajig and Other Things (2003) and A Routine Sequence of External Actions (2005)  Artists Joanne Tatham (born 1971) and Tom O'Sullivan (born 1967) have worked collaboratively since 1995, making intriguing minimalistic images, sculptural objects and installations. At once detached and mechanical, yet also folksy and alluring, these works have a character that is simultaneously alienating, playful and full of cultural references. Tatham and O'Sullivan regularly rework and re-stage their art, earning them a reputation as remarkably innovative conceptual artists. Featuring beautiful reproductions of Tatham and O'Sullivans wide-ranging oeuvre, as well as biographies of the artists and a bibliography, this book is a stunning introduction to a unique creative partnership and the first publication devoted to these rising stars of the British art scene.

About the artists

Joanne Tatham (b. 1971, West Yorkshire) and Tom O’Sullivan (b. 1967, Norfolk) live and work in Newcastle and London. Solo exhibitions include: ‘DOES THE ITERATIVE FIT’, Turner Contemporary, Margate (2018); Glasgow 2018 European Championships,, George Square, Glasgow (2018); ‘A Successful Proposition for the Great North Exhibition’, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2018); ‘The abstraction of doing into labour’, Summer Windows Project, Hermès Maison, Shanghai (2018); ‘A Proposal To Ask Where Does A Threshold Begin & End’, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough (2017); ‘A petition for an enquiry into a condition of anxiety’, The Modern Institute (2016); ‘Are you LOCATIONALIZED’, North Uist and Isle of Skye (2014); DOES THE IT FIT, Co-curated by Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, CIRCA Projects, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2012); A tool for the making of signs, Chapter, Cardiff (2012); The story of how we came to be here, what we did before we got here, how you have forgotten why you asked us here and why we cannot remember why we came, or: Is this what brings things into focus? Performance, Studio Voltaire, London (2012); Direct serious action is therefore necessary, CCA, Glasgow (2010); You can take it as a thing or you can take it as a thing, La Salle de Bains, Lyon (2009) and Oh we will, we will, will we, Studio Voltaire, London (2005).

Special thanks to the artist and The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster LTD, Glasgow.

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