Lucy Tevlin is a Dublin based artist, whose work explores a broad range of topics like technology, language and theory.1
Lucy predominantly makes projected image installations. She explores how and why trust is placed in certain forms of technology or language, and her work also examines and exploits the precarious nature of analogue photographic media. These concerns are articulated through recursive strategies, making the self-referential elements productive. Her works often incorporate material references to the form or organisational structures of technical and scientific documents and focus on the relationship between image, text, acts of reading and processes of interpretation.2
Bio & Career
Tevlin received a BA in Fine Art from TU Dublin in 2019, and a MA in Art Research Collaboration (ARC) from IADT in 2021. Exhibitions and awards include: SURVEYOR, Solstice Arts Centre (2022); Non-Events Energy Lab, Arcade Studios Belfast (2021); Origins, St Carthage Hall, Lismore Castle Arts (2019); and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Digital Media Graduate Award (2019). Tevlin was awarded the Agility Award from the Arts Council of Ireland in 2021.
- 2021, Critical Bastards Magazine, issue 17
- 2021, Non-Events Energy Lab, curated by Kate Murphy and designed by Lydia Moran
- 2021, Cohost, curated by Astrid Newman and designed by Padraig Cunningham
Awards and honours
- 2022, Agility Award, The Arts Council
- 2021, Shortlisted for RDS Visual Art Awards
- 2019, Meath County Council Professional Artists Development Fund
- 2019, Fire Station Artists’ Studios Digital Media Graduate Award
- 2019, Image Now: Multimedia Award in Fine Art
- 2023, Common Spaces, 3fe, Harolds Cross, Dublin
- 2021, Members Show, Platform Arts, Belfast
- 2021, Non-Events Energy Lab, curated by Kate Murphy, Arcade Studios, Belfast
- 2021, Cohost, Online Exhibition, curated by Astrid Newman in collaboration with The Lab Gallery, Dublin 3
- 2019, Origins, St Carthage Hall, curated by Paul McAree, Lismore Castle Arts 4
- 2019, TU Dublin Graduate Exhibition
- 2018, Sympoetic, Farmleigh Cowshed Gallery, Dublin
- The Structure of a Second (2020)
The Structure of a second postcard series were born out of a system of purchasing 8mm home movie footage from Ebay. Before the film arrived, I would write a short text in anticipation of what the footage would be. This text was numbered 1-24, referencing the frame rate of the film. I then decided to never open the packages and instead photograph them unopened. These images were presented alongside the texts in the form of postcards that were redistributed via the postal system.
- Reportage (2019)
This smaller scale work simply consists of diagram slide followed by colour slide. The diagrams reference their form, showing diagrams of the internal structure of cameras, projectors and the chemical structure of black and white negatives and colour transparency film.The colours used reference the various colours used throughout the history of the development of the colour print.All the works and the structures that the projectors sit on all work to expose artifice, recognising their own form and content, whereas this screen in being an illusionary device, counteracts this while also emphasising it. The positioning of the screen also acts as a way to draw the viewer into the centre of the room.This work also plays with the slide projectors use as an educational medium, re-performing a previous function.
- Narrative Structures (2019)This slide projection work examines what a narrative is, while also at some points performing as a narrative. Parts of this text derive from texts on narratology, namely Gerald Price and Mieke Bal. The use of street photography as a medium of the 20th century counterbalances the medium of slide projection in the work’s dialogue with obsolescence.
It also exists in as a text/image sequence that overlaps and interrelates, something that we automatically do as viewers – correlate text and image, read them together. At times the sequencing plays with that, the relationship between the text and image is non decipherable while in others it is explicit.
- Alternate Means of Experiencing Images (2019)
Dual slide projection
The text slides in this work are based off Tom Gunning’s text The Cinema of Attractions: Early Film, Its Spectator and the Avant-Garde.
Gunning references Hale’s Tours of the World which were an attraction at amusement parks and similar venues in the early 20th Century. They were specially constructed spaces designed to simulate a railway journey. The accompanying images pay homage to this, as well as other moments in early filmmaking.
To quote Gunning, The Cinema of Attractions is “a cinema that displays its visibility, willing to rupture a self-enclosed fictional world for a chance to solicit the attention of the spectator.” Essentially instead of the viewer focusing on the narrative, the films from cinema of attractions encourage the audiences to remain aware of the act of looking, the impulse and excitement from the image.