Brian Catling

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Brian Catling



Brian Catling is a performance artist, sculptor, poet and academic. He has published eight books of poetry and has been included in many anthologies; a compilation of all of his poetry, A Court of Miracles, was published in 2009. Though he has taught sculpture for many years, his work most often takes the form of video or live performance and these separate activities frequently come together to create events which resolutely defy categorisation. Since the early 1990s he has performed extensively in galleries, festivals and off-site contexts. His performance works often create uneasy situations to explore the shifting relationships and tensions between performer and audience.

Brian Catling is Professor of Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford. In 2001 he founded the international performance group The Wolf In The Winter. Recent solo performances include Cyclops at the Liverpool Biennial 2010, and the alarming Mr. Rapehead at the ICA, London, 2010, which toured to Germany, Holland and Spain. Recent larger solo shows include Antix, Matt’s Gallery, London, 2006, and Brian Catling & the head of ‘Bobby Awl’, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh 2008.

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