Without Compromise IV: The Dancing Plague

CLOSE LTD & The Brewhouse present the fourth exhibition in the series WITHOUT COMPROMISE that focuses on emerging artists, curated by Freeny Yianni.

11 May– 29 June 2019,
Brewhouse, Taunton

‘Tierney is very much a part of the vibrant and significant influence of today’s Bristol’s art scene and will be creating a new body of work for the show.’ Freeny Yianni.

This exhibition focuses on The Dancing Plague, which was a phenomenon that occurred in Strasbourg in July 1518. A lady started dancing in the street. A few days later, hundreds of people took to dancing for days without rest and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected collapsed or even died. There are many interesting theories regarding why it happened. The paintings will sit between the figurative and the abstract, focusing on dance movement to tell the story of the dancing plague: the smaller paintings representing Mrs. Troffea (the first dancer), and as the scale of the canvases increase, so does the intensity of the dancing forms within, with the largest being a 3 metre long scene of dancing mania.

Jack Edward Tierney lives and works in Bristol; his art practice is driven by diverse and multiple conceptual objectives, painting is a vehicle to his thought process, and the imagery, an insight into his experiences and surroundings, he attempts in his work to capture a moment in time. Subjectivity and honesty is at the core and reflects his daily life. The work is expressive and revels in the luxury of painting. ‘I try to create paintings that exist between the figure and abstraction. The subject matter and forms can seem familiar and recognisable at first glance, but upon further inspection everything soon descends into an unfamiliar world. ’ Jack Tierney.

Tierney graduated from Loughborough University School of Art in 2005. He has exhibited at The National Open Art Winter Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London 2015, and was awarded the Seaward Properties NOA15 Fine Art Award in 2012.