Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan's Direct Serious Action is Therefore Necessary hits CCA

By Laura Burgess | 05 October 2010
Child by installation piece
Exhibition: Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan, Direct Serious Action Is Therefore Necessary, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, until November 13 2010

Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan have been creative partners for the past 15 years and together they explore the potential of contemporary art. The pair question what is allowed and what isn't – their art has a physical and an intellectual effect on its viewer.

Their latest exhibition plays with ideas of absurdity through the spacing and positioning of their work across the CCA, a converted townhouse turned into a gallery which encourages up-and-coming and international artists to push traditional boundaries through modern art.

Tatham and O'Sullivan's work is known for taking a theme of displacement through the use of sculptures, painting, architecture, photography, performance, literature and institutional critique.

Together they want to challenge the CCA's function, history and architecture. They focus on where the work sits in the exhibition rather than what they are actually displaying.

Playing to the CCA's heritage, the Glasgow-based artists' massive installation piece –  their version of the Loch Ness monster – will run throughout the building.

Working against the conventions of the CCA, Tatham and O'Sullivan will place their pieces across the venue to reframe the experience for visitors, so chunks of the monster will sit in the foyer, the café-space and draw people into the main gallery.

See Culture24 later this week for an interview with the artists.
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