You have forgotten why you asked us here; we cannot remember why we came.
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TATHAM, J. and O’SULLIVAN, T. (2006) You have forgotten why you asked us here; we cannot remember why we came “Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.” Momentum, 4th Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss Bryggeri Utstillinshall and other venues, Norway. 2 September – 15 October 2006 [Exhibition]
You have forgotten why you asked us here; we cannot remember why we came was commissioned by the Nordic Biennale, Momentum. 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.