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Mark Leckey
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First half of GreenScreenRefrigerator. A black Samsung Bottom Freezer Refrigerator was filmed live in front of an audience at Gavin Brown's Enterprise in October 2010. The Fridge stood on a green screen infinity cyc while Mark Lecky coaxed it into revealing its thoughts and actions.
 
Green Refrigerator - Mark Leckey
Mark Leckey
GreenScreenRefrigerator 2010
Courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York
2011 Mark Leckey
Photograph: Thomas Muller

Mark Leckey's video work has as its subject the "tawdry but somehow romantic elegance of certain aspects of British culture."He likes the idea of letting “culture use you as an instrument,” but adds that the pretentiousness that artists sometimes fall into is destructive to the artistic process: “What gets in the way is being too clever, or worrying about how something is going to function, or where it's going to be. When you start thinking of something as art, you're fucked: you're never going to advance." Matthew Higgs has described his work as “possess[ing] a strange nonartlike quality, operating, as it does, on the knife's edge where art and life meet.”

He exhibited alongside Damien Hirst in the 1990 New Contemporaries exhibition at the ICA but afterwards dropped from view, before making a "comeback" with Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore in 1999.

In 2004, he participated in Manifesta 5, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art. In 2006 he participated in the Tate Triennial and his works are held in the collections of the Tate and the Centre Pompidou.