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Mark Leckey
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Mark Leckey

Mark Leckey (b. 1964), born in Liverpool, currently lives and works in London. He has produced a significant body of work with found video footage, collage, found art, and music. He thought filmclasses several years at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. In 2008 he won the Turner Prize for his exhibition Industrial Lights and Magic. Mark Leckey’s video work has as its subject the “tawdry but somehow romantic elegance of certain aspects of British culture,” He likes the idea of letting “culture use you as an instrument.” but adds that the pretentiousness that artists sometimes fall into is destructive to the artistic process: “What gets in the way is being too clever, or worrying about how something is going to function, or where it’s going to be. When you start thinking of something as art, you’re fucked: you’re never going to advance.” has described his work as “possess[ing] a strange nonartlike quality, operating, as it does, on the knife’s edge where art and life meet.” Lecky exhibited alongside Damien Hirst in the 1990 New Contemporaries exhibition at the ICA but afterwards dropped from view, before making a “comeback” with Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore in 1999. In 2004 he participated in Manifesta 5, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art. In 2006 he participated in the Tate Triennial and his works are held in the collections of the Tate and the Centre Pompidou. Lecky is represented by Gallery Daniel Buchholz were he recenlty exhibited in And possibly but not certainly Mark Leckey and Frances Stark, Berlin.