Exhibition Text
for Livet (w/ Konstfrämjandet), Uppsala, August — September 202

Tam Hare
Everybody Gets it in the End (2020)
Mixed media ‘non-painting’ relief on 475 g black building paper
60 x 70 cm
10,500 SEK

…one cannot have the intelligible without reasons as minimal constraints of thinking and action.

Everybody Gets it in the End, takes a new disciplinary approach to Tam Hare’s research into philosophical speculations on materiality. His ever evolving project and critical exploration continues to examine various self-determined, consecutive, rule-governed practices. These have been designed alongside the inevitable, contingent occurrences and phenomenons that this process generates.

Tam terms his piece and the verb of its creation, a ‘non-painting’ object. By using a carefully devised system of rule-defined procedures of material application, the work and his intentions for it, are a type of aesthetic and material discovery. The materials used are crucial to this exploration, as he has intentionally allowed for a range of associated art and non-art products — some of these are domestic and food products, all of which though, are applied to the picture as layers.

This structure of layering has been utilised as a compulsive vertical application process, back and forth, from top to bottom. The action is identical each time, for all layers; carefully and repetitively applying the system, numerous times. With a final process taking place during the period of the outside exhibition, Livet. This will ultimately create the picture, as it is exposed to the environmental elements affecting its production through their continued impact on its appearance.

Finally, the work merges with Tam’s longstanding research into the adoption of constructed, rule-governed, self-imposed systems and their ‘minimal constraints’ as a vital element of his speculative, creative practice. “there is no mysticism or supernatural component in this enablement by self-imposed constraints”therefore, a necessary task now remains: to do ‘something’ within such ‘constraints’ and not despite them.


1. Negarestani, R. ‘The Inhuman (a quick read)’, TOY PHILOSOPHY [web blog], Critical Philosophy Program, The New Centre, 2019, 8 April 2018, part 4.,, (accessed 27 July 2020).

2. Ibid, part 5-1.

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