Jennifer Taylor is a London-based installation and performance artist. She studied at Camberwell College of Arts, The Ruskin School at the University of Oxford and The Royal College of Art. Taylor has exhibited at The Fondation Cartier in Paris, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford University Press, The Wapping Project, Collyer Bristow Gallery, TJ Boulting and Flowers East.
As an affectionate and farcical homage to Manet’s Boy Blowing Bubbles, Jennifer Taylor staged a live performance at the opening of the exhibition, which involved the inflation of a giant, white balloon. Through this, she recaptured the potentiality that is present within the painting by Manet and the energy embodied within the swelling bubble and the viewer’s anticipation of its inevitable point of bursting. By restaging this at an absurdly oversized scale, where the suspense painfully prolonged, this became quite ridiculously menacing and nightmarish.This performance acted as a comical, spoof investigation into whether art still has the ability to shock, thrill or disturb us. Ludicrously, it seems that the simple threat of a balloon bursting, is enough to rouse our most irrational fears and delights, in the most improbable way.
Pictures taken by Jonathan Milton