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Mark Leckey

Parade

24 October - 30 November 2003

A video installation with an unnerving sound: a parade of consuming pleasures in psychedelic decadence …

For the Brighton Photo Biennial and to accompany its major group exhibition Make Life Beautiful! at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, artist Mark Leckey presented Parade, a sound and video installation at Fabrica. Continuing the artist’s ongoing exploration of style subcultures and other contemporary icons, Mark Leckey’s single-screen projection work is a stylish and provocative meditation on the theme of the metropolitan dandy. Intriguing and disturbing, Leckey’s oblique video narrative is a dark and claustrophobic vision of a man inhabiting a world of hallucinatory desire. A mind-rattling sound of a slightly distorted ‘P…RADE’ exasperates its visual sense of predatory fantasy.

Parade is a major new work by Mark Leckey and is commissioned by Film and Video Umbrella in association with the Brighton Photo Biennial. The debut presentation of Parade will be at Fabrica, to accompany the Brighton Photo Biennial’s major group exhibition, Make Life Beautiful! The Dandy in Photography at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

Continuing the artist’s ongoing exploration of subcultural style tribes and other contemporary icons, as reflected in acclaimed and influential works such as We Are (Untitled) and Fiorrucci Made Me Hardcore, Mark Leckey’s single-screen projection work Parade is a stylish and provocative meditation on the theme of the metropolitan dandy. Brimming with literary/historical allusions, but equally deftly located within a distinctly contemporary demi-monde of visual art, music and fashion, Leckey’s oblique video narrative speculates on the kind of figure that dandies might cut in the not-too-distant future.

This work is commissioned by Film + Video Umbrella in association with the Brighton Photo Biennial.

 

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