‘Are you LOCATIONALIZED’ Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan
Commissioned for GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, this new work spans the neighbouring islands of North Uist and Isle of Skye and is part of ATLAS Arts curatorial residency Broad Reach at the centre.
The work combines photography, sculpture, text and audio to make a composite piece that challenges a viewer to make sense of it as a whole. At Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Centre the artists have created a photographic record of the publicly sited sculptures of two distant and distinct locations – Loughborough University Campus and the Uists. The artists have then themselves sited two outdoor works: in Portree, they built a tower around a tower and in Lochmaddy they built a wall in front of a wall.
Together these elements combine to create ‘Are you LOCATIONALIZED’, a work that engages with ideas of place, localness and cultural identity and then considers how art is expected to negotiate or represent such ideas. In this, the work continues Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan’s ongoing interest in the roles and functions that contemporary art can be expected to fulfill and the ways in which it is then spoken about and interpreted.
•ATLAS Arts office, Gathering Hall, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9BZ
•The Apothecary’s Tower, The Lump / Meall na h-Acairseid, Portree, Isle of Skye
•Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, North Uist, HS6 5AA
•The Dairy adjacent to Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, North Uist,
Brought to you by Broad Reach, an ATLAS Arts project for Taigh Chearsabhagh
This commission has been generously supported by Creative Scotland and Outset Scotland, a new philanthropic network dedicated to the support of contemporary art.