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Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan

The Institute For The Magical Effect Of Actually Giving A Shit (a note to our future self) Toilet Rolls, 2021

£15

 Coloured Toilet Rolls with artist designed wrap band 

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About the Edition 

In celebration of the artists’ first–ever permanent commission at the new Studio Voltaire building which includes bespoke, hand–glazed ceramic tiles which draw from Tatham and O’Sullivan’s key motifs, in particular staring, cartoon–like faces

Positioning their work within the context of a public toilet, the artists’ vibrantly coloured installation employs humour and the absurdity of the unexpected as a strategy for both disruption and generosity. 

Working across sculpture, installation, performance, and publishing, Tatham and O’Sullivan have developed a distinctive visual language that is rich in content and attitude. Employing the images, objects and histories of art and visual culture – such as standing stones, Op-art designs and hieroglyphics – the artists scrutinise and challenge the conventions by which art is expected to function, be valued and displayed.

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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