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You have forgotten why you asked us here; we cannot remember why we came.

Tatham, Joanne; O'Sullivan, Tom


Joanne Tatham

Tom O'Sullivan


This work was commissioned for the exhibition 'Try Again, Fail Again', part of Momentum: the 4th Nordic Biennale, 2 September - 15 October 2006, Moss Bryggeri Utstillinshall (and other venues), Norway. This commission is one within a sequence of pieces that re-work signature sculptural forms and surface patterns. This work used these motifs within a large scale installation of three patterned geometric forms. One of the motifs, a composite pattern of stripes, zig-zags and spots, is redolent of Keith Haring or Alan Davie - and also of the outsider practices that informed their work. The pattern was realised in such a way as to render it a sign for such modes of representation. Similarly, the geometric shapes were presented as theatricalised signs, rather than autonomous sculptures. The work presented a complex and absurd language that in turn challenged the viewer to confront the interpretative systems that are applied in the attempt to claim meaning for contemporary art.

Physical Artefact Type Artefact
Institution Citation TATHAM, J. and O'SULLIVAN, T. 2006. You have forgotten why you asked us here; we cannot remember why we came. [Sculptures].
Keywords Installation art; Conceptual art; Contemporary art


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