Approved: 15.04.2009

Lorsen Camps

Artist, Maker, Curator, Writer, Technician

Approved: 15.04.2009

Lorsen's work explores the notion of finding beauty in the disregarded. This began with an interest in collecting second hand and found objects, considering their stories and narratives, and the place of these objects in a culture of excess and consumerism (things that continue to fascinate the artist). Beauty in the disregarded has expanded to include other aspects of life - wonderous details of the

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  • Location: Coventry, West Midlands
  • Activities: Participatory projects, Creative writing, Curating, Exhibitions programme, Technical installation
  • Categories: Curatorial project, Installation, Mixed Media, Photography, Sculpture
  • Tags: "found objects", "charity shops", installation, disregarded, beauty, toys, "second hand", found, "found objects", "charity shops", "second hand", found, installation, shed, beauty, disregarded, toys, beach, Coventry
 
 

Biography

Lorsen's work explores the notion of finding beauty in the disregarded. This began with an interest in collecting second hand and found objects, considering their stories and narratives, and the place of these objects in a culture of excess and consumerism (things that continue to fascinate the artist). Beauty in the disregarded has expanded to include other aspects of life - wonderous details of the world that are often overlooked, joyful moments in life too easily ignored. Through the use of photography and creative writing Lorsen captures and re-presents the beauty found in the minutiae of life. From the artist's exploration of the second hand market, Lorsen developed what he calls his own 'charity shop aesthetic' - making pseudo-craft works such as felt pictures and nail and threads. He takes these craft media, themselves disregarded, and reinvents them, injecting them with a new energy and life while bringing them into the realm of fine art. Lorsen often creates collections - whether of his photographs, the items he has found, or the artworks he makes. Through this method the artist bestows a new level of significance and validation to each individual 'piece'. 'Worthless' things gain a new value and there is a deliberate sense that the collective whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions

2011 - Beauty and the Beach: Landlocked in the Heart of England, Coventry Centre for Contemporary Art, Meriden, Coventry

2011 - The Beauty is in the Detail, LightHouse, Balcony Gallery, Wolverhampton

 

Group exhibitions

2013 - Balsall Heath Biennale, Birmingham

2012 - Valedictory, Pluspace, Coventry

2011 - Art in Shops Trail, Rugby Festival of Culture, Rugby Visitors' Centre, Rugby

2011 - Everything, Q.E II Conference Centre, Westminster, London

2011 - Interweaving Tales, The Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare

2009 - Art Take Out, Tsang's Kitchen, Oxford

2009 - Rugby Open, Rugby Museum & Art Gallery, Rugby

2009 - The Wall Project, Front Wall, Earlsdon, Coventry 2008 - Beauty in the Disregarded, Old Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa

2008 - Rugby Open, Rugby Art Museum & Art Gallery, Rugby

2007 - Birmingham open, Gas Hall, Birmingham

2007 - Leamington Open, Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery, Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa

2007 - Rugby Open, Rugby Museum & Art Gallery, Rugby

2006 - Normalife limited, Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, London

2005 - Have a Smashing Time, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Margaret Street, Birmingham (Degree Show)

2005 - Gary Seven, The Custard Factory, Birmingham

2004 - Gluttons for Nourishment, City Space, Birmingham

 

Curated projects

2014 - Shed-Collect-Shed: Coventry's Lost & Found, Coventry Centre for Contemporary Art (CCCA), Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry

2013 - The Charity Shop Tour Shop, Coventry City Centre

2010 - Journeys into the Disregarded, CCCA (with the Mead Gallery), Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

2009 - Beauty in the Disregard-shed, CCCA, Earlsdon, Coventry

2008 - Beauty in the Disregarded, Old Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa

 

Residencies

2012 - Beauty in the Disregarded, Highfields School, Wolverhampton Public

 

Commissions

2011 - Reflections on Belsen Head, Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry

 

Publications

2011 - Beauty in the Everyday: The Coventry Haiku Project

2010 - Beauty in the Disregarded: The Charity Shop Tour