Brian Teeling and Jennie Taylor: in the glow of a frozen flame

Friday 17 May – Sunday 21 July 2024
Brian Teeling and Jennie Taylor: in the glow of a frozen flame | Friday 17 May – Sunday 21 July 2024 | Crawford Art Gallery | Image: cropped photo of the sculpture ‘Laocoön and His Sons’; the statue is tipped sideways in the photo (not in real life), and what should be white marble or plaster is shades of crimson; we see a son and the father struggling in the grip of a sea monster; unlike the original in the Vatican both figures appear to have complete arms, not truncated ones

This collaborative project between visual artist, Brian Teeling and art writer, Jennie Taylor explores Crawford Art Gallery’s building and its immediate surroundings. Evocative, subversive images and flash fiction populate this publication, capturing and entangling a stillness of a witnessing object and the frantic movements of a living gaze.

In this work, time fictionally folds and collapses to bring details from 1921-24 into a dislocated moment. Imagery and storytelling act as tools to slice, swell and exaggerate sculptures, architectural features and historic events. Teeling and Taylor’s work is drawn from research of the gallery with a focus on the display of 18th and 19th century sculptural forms in the gallery’s iconic Sculpture Galleries, combined with events that occurred and were visible from the building during the period and the life of a local artisan from the same time.

An audio soundscape of the five flash fiction stories can be accessed here.

Brian Teeling is an artist living and working in Dublin. He has no fine art qualifications and is entirely self-taught. Recent exhibitions include Portrait Lab at The Model, Sligo (2022-23), Speech Sounds at Visual, Carlow, Zurich Portrait Prize at National Gallery of Ireland (2021-22) and Crawford Art Gallery (2022), A Vague Anxiety at IMMA (2019).

Jennie Taylor is an art writer and educator. She has published her work in Critical Bastards Magazine, The Stinging Fly, Paper Visual Art and Visual Arts Newsletter. Jennie was the 2022-23 Writer in Residence at the Roscommon Arts Centre. She is currently a PhD researcher in Art Writing at the National College of Art & Design.

The publication is available at €18 via the Bookshop or from our online shop.

This publication is one of six artists projects commissioned by Crawford Art Gallery as part of BUILDING AS WITNESS which is kindly supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries Programme 2012-2023.

Friday 17 May – Sunday 21 July 2024
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