Love showcases the work of three artistic partnerships: Glasgow-based duo Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan, married but independent artists Rita Donagh and Richard Hamilton, and recently married ‘living sculptures’ Gilbert and George.
The exhibition is split over two sections. One contains pieces by Donagh and Hamilton respectively, linked in concept by their response to Northern Ireland’s political situation, and visually in the way that they alter a photographic prototype through collage.
In the other room are Gilbert and George’s video pieces from 1972: ‘A Portrait of The Artists as Young Men’ and ‘In the Bush’. Two screens, two certificates, two men dressed in their uniformed suits – standing together staring out into space, George smoking a cigarette, moving ever so slightly over the duration of 16 minutes.
It is the sculptural pieces by Tatham and O’Sullivan that join the rooms together. Two solid pieces of plywood in the form of the letter ‘o’ are both titled ‘This has reached the limit conditions of its own rhetoric’. One dates 2005, the other ‘updated’ in 2008 by adding totemic-like geometric elements in their signature pyramid-style with pink and black painted patterned motifs. We are invited to walk around these monumental totem poles to view the other works in the show. Two artists working together with a common concern, multiplied by two others, and again by two more. The polished works of these three duos squared result in an amplified web of meaning and visual effectiveness, pulsating with a bit of love.
Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, until Fri 19 Feb