CCA Center for Contemporary Arts

Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan

02 Oct - 13 Nov 2010

"Direct serious action is therefore necessary"

Saturday 2 October - Saturday 13 November 2010

Direct serious action is therefore necessary is a new commissioned exhibition for CCA, developed and constructed as a specific response to the CCA, its function, history and architecture.

In common with many of Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan’s most significant projects, it is the choreography and curation of the pieces in the exhibition, rather than the pieces themselves, that should be seen as the work. The exhibition will work with and against the conventions of the CCA spaces, positioning pieces across the venue to reframe the experience of visiting the CCA.

Since 1995 Tatham and O’Sullivan have produced artworks that use the symbolic and mythic potential of art to create enquiries into the conditions and contexts of contemporary art. Their works often function as displacements or diversions and are situated between – and use – sculpture, painting, architecture, photography, performance, literature, institutional critique and curation.

Tatham and O’Sullivan often use absurdity as a strategy within their work. Direct serious action is therefore necessary will create an absurd intervention that will confront visitors to the CCA - and allude to ongoing debates about responsibility of art to function for the public good.

Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan live and work in Glasgow. Previous solo exhibitions include You can take is as a thing or you can take it as a thing, La Salle de Bains, Lyon 2009; Are you feeling our meaning? Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, 2008; A fee to avoid our expenses, The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, 2007; The This & The That of a Category Error, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, 2007; Oh We Will, We Will, Will We, Studio Voltaire, London 2005; and Think Thingamajig and Other Things, Kunsthaus Glarus, Switzerland, 2003.

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