Does the Iterative Fit (Christmas Tree)

Christmas tree lights switch on - Saturday 1st December. 4pm-6pm Free

Join us on the terrace as we host our annual Christmas tree lights switch on. Christmas carols performed by Palm Bay Primary School. Mulled wine and mince pies will be available in our Cafe.

Visit Turner Contemporary this December and be inspired by Joanna Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan's colourful and playful Christmas Tree installation, DOES THE ITERATIVE FIT. Installed on our terrace, which faces the North sea, this temporary sculptural and audio artwork commissioned in 2017 by The Kings Cross Project was originally installed in Granary Square London during the Christmas period.

Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan produce interrogative work that questions the roles and behaviours of contemporary art. They achieve this through re-staging and positioning a vocabulary of motifs, phrases and forms drawn from images, objects and histories of art and visual culture. Motifs such as pyramids, standing stones and cartoon-like animals occur as sculpture, painting and architecture alongside performance, photographs and text. Together, these are used to create carefully crafted displacements and diversions that are designed to cajole their audience into a state of discomforting contemplation.

Tatham and O’Sullivan represented Scotland at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 as part of the exhibition Selective Memory and in 2013 they were shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize. They began working in collaboration whilst undertaking the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art in the mid 1990s, and their collaborative work was first exhibited at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow in 1995.

Image: Joanne Tatham & Tom O'Sullivan - DOES THE ITERATIVE FIT, 2017
Installation view, Kings Cross Project, Granary Square, London, 2017
Courtesy of The Artists and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow


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