Inspired by recollections of a motorway bridge from his own childhood, internationally acclaimed artist Mark Leckey takes over the x-room venue with a total installation produced especially for the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK).
British artist Mark Leckey (b. 1964) grew up outside Liverpool in England. With the exhibition He Thrusts his Fists against the Posts but Still Insists he Sees the Ghosts he invites audiences to join him in returning to a very distinctive place from his own childhood: the ramps underneath the M53 motorway bridge in Ellesmere Port.
For the x-room venue at the National Gallery of Denmark (SMK), he has recreated from memory the bridge and ramps where he and his friends hung out in the early 1970s.
“Many of my works have their wellspring in things and experiences from my childhood and youth that still haunt me. The motorway bridge is one of those things that have settled in my memory. That is why I have recreated it. It is as if memories of this kind take on too much importance, too much room. They become too overwhelming”, says Mark Leckey.
According to Leckey, all his works are “a kind of exorcism the urge to create a work arises when something becomes too toxic and must be expelled and eradicated”.
One of the distinctive traits of Mark Leckey’s artistic practice concerns his use of found objects and found footage, i.e. existing objects, images, sound and video footage.
The sound piece is reminiscent of a cross between a lecture, a radio broadcast, an autobiographical narrative and a DJ set. It is made out of audio samples that span four decades, live recordings, historical facts and Leckeyâ€™s own reflections and thoughts. Created especially for the exhibition at SMK, the new audio work represents a continuation of a performance that Leckey staged in connection with his most recent exhibition, Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers, at MoMA PS1 in New York.
Ever since the late 1990s Mark Leckey has been a prominent figure on the international contemporary art scene. He first shot to fame with his 1999 video work Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, a celebration of British dance culture, and in recent years Leckey has reaffirmed his position with an exhibition cycle at the prominent venues of WEILS in Brussels, Haus Der Kunst in Munich, Madre in Naples and Kunsthalle Basel in 2014-15.
His works and performances have also been exhibited at e.g. the Serpentine Gallery in London and most recently at MoMA PS1 in New York. In 2008 Leckey was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize for his work Industrial Light and Magic. Leckey’s artistic practice spans a wide range of media, from installations, prints and sculptures to video, performance and sound works.
Mark Leckey: He Thrusts his Fists against the Posts but Still Insists he Sees the Ghosts
4 May- 3 September 2017
Top Image: Mark Leckey Production still fromDream English Kid, 1964 – 1999 AD 2015 Photo: Mark Blower Courtesy the Artist and Cabinet, London