press release

'The Blacks', 2002 is a new sculptural work by Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan commissioned by Cubitt. 'The Blacks' is both the title of the work and the work itself: a title, a label, a reading, a social indicator, a presentation, a construction… a description of the letters themselves and a theatrical design… an absurdly flamboyant non-sculpture sculpture. The title says here are the Blacks - and then here they are. Alongside 'The Blacks', a short play 'The Slapstick Mystics with Sticks', will be available in the gallery to take away. This work draws on the tradition of the irreverent allegorical folk play as a device to make contemporary conceptual art.

The Blacks By Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan, 2002 Commissioned by Polly Staple, Curator at Cubitt, London, 2001-2003

The Slapstick Mystics With Sticks By Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan, 2001 Designed with Robert Johnston of Pause ButtonEdit Published by Cubitt in conjunction with the exhibition The Blacks, 2002

Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation; The Hope Scott Trust and London Arts


Joanne Tatham & Tom O´Sullivan: The Blacks