Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan

Is this what brings things into focus (Vase 4), 2019

Press-moulded glazed stoneware with enamel transfers
45 x 39.7 x 13 cm 

Edition of 15 + 1AP

£3,500

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About the Edition 

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan began working in collaboration while undertaking the MFA program at Glasgow School of Art; their collaborative work was first exhibited at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, in 1995. Over the span of their collaborative practice they have created a wide range of prop-like sculptures (many of which are used in performance) and installations, most recently in a colorful style somewhat reminiscent of 1980s postmodernism. The characterful vocabulary of motifs in the vase seen here relates to a major installation titled 'Is this what brings things into focus,' which was shown at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2017.

About the artists

Joanne Tatham (b. 1971, West Yorkshire) and Tom O’Sullivan (b. 1967, Norfolk) live and work in Newcastle.

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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