Mark Leckey

DESIDERATA (in media res)

By Madre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Organized by the Madre in collaboration with WIELS, Brussels, and Haus der Kunst, Munich, Mark Leckey. "DESIDERATA (in media res)" is the first retrospective, as well as the first solo exhibition in an Italian public institution, devoted to Mark Leckey (Birkenhead, 1964), one of the most influential contemporary artists.

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Starting from his investigation of the cosmos of London’s musical subcultures and British cultural history, to the exploration of digital technologies or brands and their impact on our consciousness, in his works Leckey examines the inextricable articulation between high culture and popular culture, physicality and virtuality, individual and collective, copy and original, fear and desire that permeates our experience of the world around us, constantly influenced by a variety of stresses, some deeply contradictory but closely interwoven.

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Various works are scattered through the final galleries of the exhibition, evoking urban scenes at dusk or dawn, illuminated by orange lights from a highway: molds in wood, cardboard or rubber of objects and architectures such as computers, lamp posts and overpasses render our life habits or customary landscapes, while on a dummy billboard there appears the artist’s image-self-portrait, while a light box reproduces the inside of a human eye, represented as a mysterious lenticular LED structure.

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res), Mark Leckey, From the collection of: Madre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum
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Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

Mark Leckey, DESIDERATA (in media res) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

DESIDERATA (in media res) (2015) by Mark LeckeyMadre - Donnaregina Contemporary Art Museum

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