Mark Leckey creates gigantic motorway bridge


© Mark Leckey, photo from the exhibition at SMK: He Thrusts his Fists against the Posts but Still Insists he Sees the Ghosts, 2017. Foto: Jan Søndergaard 

Inspired by a motorway bridge from his own childhood, internationally acclaimed artist Mark Leckey takes over the x-room venue with a new installation.

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 SMK he has recreated from memory the bridge and ramps where he and his friends hung out in the early 1970s.

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 Leckey’s own reflections and thoughts. 

Mark Leckey in Containers and Their Drivers på MoMA PS1 i New York, exhibited 23 October 2016 - 5. March, 2017.Photo: Derek Schultz.

About Mark Leckey

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.

The exhibition with the title He Thrusts his Fists against the Posts but Still Insists he Sees the Ghosts is on display 4 May  – 3 September 2017.

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