Approved: 21.01.2014

Bill Leslie

Artist

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Approved: 21.01.2014

Bill Leslie's work is concerned primarily with the relationship of photographic media and the sculptural object. He makes images of objects which through shifts in colour and focus, obtuse angles and theatrical lighting, transform the objects' scale and substantiality. The result is the creation of images and installations which conflate two and three dimensions, bringing together objects in mis en

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Artist Statement

Bill Leslie's work is concerned primarily with the relationship of photographic media and the sculptural object. He makes images of objects which through shifts in colour and focus, obtuse angles and theatrical lighting, transform the objects' scale and substantiality. The result is the creation of images and installations which conflate two and three dimensions, bringing together objects in mis en scene which reconfigure the viewer's perception and put the integrity of the art object into question. In his work the relationship of camera and object is seen as a constitutive moment in the sculptural process, a dynamic relation in which the final reality of the object is articulated. His working method is exploratory and broad in scope, involving research into filmic genres, photographic techniques and art on film. The objects he makes are conceived in relation to particular historical art works or pieces of architecture, especially from the canon of Modernity. Practically there is a preference for simple construction methods and filming techniques and a concern with the particular qualities of analogue and digital media and their impact upon the material quality of the pictured sculpture. There is also a developing interest in simplicity of form and a move towards hyper-reality, utopian visions, and mystical structures: bodies and states removed from any particular context. He studied theatre, before turning to sculpture, film and photography, and receiving an MA in Visual Performance and time-based media at Datington College of Art. He has shown work in the UK and Germany. He currently lives and works in London.

CV & Education

BIOGRAPHY

Born 1981, Bill Leslie studied Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths College, University of London 2000-2003 and received a Masters Degree in Time-based Arts practices from Dartington College of Art in 2008. Originally making performance work for theatres he began working in sculpture and film/photography during his MA, and continues working in these fields to date. 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013    Perfect Geometry, Centrum Berlin
2011    113 Years Later, Permanent Gallery, Brighton

2010    Images of Wonder, Centrum, Berlin

2009     Materiality or Immateriality, what's it gonna be punk? Arnolfini, Bristol

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2013    Exchange Project: Part 2 Obscured Exchange, APT Gallery London

2013    Black Sun Horizon, The Royal Standard, Liverpool

2011    Outpost Summer Fayre, Norwich with Permanent Gallery

2010     Tipping Points, .HBC, Berlin

2010    Holding Time, The Gallery, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, London

2009    Sideshow Showroom, 2nd Birthday Festival Bournemouth

2009    The Tomorrow People, Elevator Gallery, London

2009    WHIPPIT 5, Hackney Wicked Festival, London

2009    Live Art Weekender, Arnolfini, Bristol

2009    New Year, New Sounds at BAC, London

2008    1,442,666 Steps: Atalier Rafi, Frankfurt

2007    Alytus Biennial II, Lithuania

2006    Festival Transeuropa, Hildesheim Germany

2005    SpRoUt, Talent on Route, London

 

 

 

 

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

 

2010    Residency at Centrum, Berlin

2009    Arnolfini Associate Artist (since 2006)

2007    CCA Creative Lab, Glasgow

2006    ACE Live Art Fellowship, Sophiensaele Berlin

 

 

PERFORMANCES

 

2012    Surtitle, with Alex Bradley, BLOP, Arnolfini Bristol

2012    Tuning Up, Fierce Festival Birmingham Symphony Hall

2009    Materiality or Immateriality, what's it gonna be punk? Arnolfini, Bristol

2007    Live Art Weekender, Arnolfini Bristol

2006    Dancer in the Dark, Permanent Gallery Brighton

2006    Take it Home (with These Horses), BAC London, Exeter Phoenix, Sophiensaele Berlin,   Dartington College of Arts.

2005    The Beast Dwell/Yes, We Will Dance (with These Horses), Sophiensaele Berlin
2005    Dancer in the Dark, Arnolfini Bristol

 

PUBLICATIONS

2009    MODERN HERO artist lithograph with Matt Fleming.

2008    Or, How Tarantulas Got Into My Work. Bonfire Books

2008    mamagazine. Bonfire Books

2007    Speakers. Bonfire Books

2006    Dancer in the Dark, Borbonessa Publishing