Manchester Art Gallery

Mark Leckey: Work & Leisure

A major exhibition from Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey.

Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 17 February 2012–Sunday 18 March 2012

Free

Manchester Art Gallery’s collaborative programming relationship with London’s Serpentine Gallery was launched with the opening of a major exhibition from Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey.

Work & Leisure presented new work especially commissioned for Manchester as well as a series of live performances by Mark Leckey which took place throughout the run of the 4-week show. The exhibition included the film Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore, last shown as part of Leckey’s exhibition at London’s Serpentine Gallery in 2011. It also featured BigBoxIndustrialAction, in which a giant soundsystem meets a three-tonne low pressure steam chest on loan from Ellenroad Engine House, near Rochdale, Greater Manchester, home of the world’s largest working steam mill engine.

Mark Leckey won the Turner Prize in 2008 and this exhibition covered key moments in his career from his international recognition in the late 1990s up to the present day. His work encompasses sculpture, sound, film and performance and explores the potential of the human imagination to appropriate and to animate a concept, an object or an environment. Leckey also draws on his personal experiences, particularly his fascination with the Manchester dance music scene from his formative years spent in the North West.

Artist’s biography

Mark Leckey, born 1964, was awarded the Turner Prize in 2008. His work has been widely exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, in 2008 and at Le Consortium, Dijon, in 2007. His performances have recently been presented in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, Abrons Arts Center; at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, both in 2009; and at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2008.

Images

Mark Leckey
Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore 1999
Installation view, Manchester Art Gallery
© 2012 Mark Leckey

Mark Leckey
BigBoxIndustrialAction 2003 – 12
Installation view, Manchester Art Gallery
© 2012 Mark Leckey