Approved: 12.10.2016

Lee Campbell

Artist

Approved: 12.10.2016

I make interactive, participatory, public, community and collaborative art within a conceptual framework. I do this to investigate the boundaries and possibilities of working with the public, and what it means for the artist, viewer and participant.

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Biography

I make interactive, participatory, public, community and collaborative art within a conceptual framework. I do this to investigate the boundaries and possibilities of working with the public, and what it means for the artist, viewer and participant.

Over the last twenty years, my work his not been consistent in form, but the same basic preconceptions have been at the root of my practice: I am concerned with the idea that art can change people and I attempt to build ways of evaluating that change into the work itself. This has taken many forms, including live painting and video installations, developing and exhibiting interactive learning applications and making games designed to promote critical thinking. In short, I have consistently been concerned with ‘engagement’ as medium in itself.

I feel that when people physically interact with artworks they express their thoughts and emotions in more obvious, outward ways than when they engage passively or internally. I do not feel that interactive, participatory or collaborative art is better than static artworks, but they are more useful for my practice. Creating work that physically involves the audience, implicates them in the outcomes, employs them in its construction or provokes them into critique is a way for me to understand them better, to understand myself better and to understand art better. I use art as leverage to manipulate the ‘real world’. This feeds back (via the affect display of the participants) into the artistic process.

I have been informed by the educational theories of B.F. Skinner, who postulated that learning can be measured through change in a person’s behaviour, and the philosopher Ray Brassier’s idea that cultural production may be able to profoundly alter the consciousness of humanity. While evidence for these is lacking, I feel it is useful to entertain their possibilities.

CV & Education

Education

 

  • 2002  M.A. Fine Art     Goldsmiths College       
  • 2002  Post Graduate Diploma Fine Art   Goldsmiths College       
  • 1999  B.A. Fine Art    Kingston University     
  • 1996  Foundation Art & Design  University of Wales Institute Cardiff

 

Selected Awards and Residencies

 

2014 Formal Interference  Le Murata  - Florence

A two week residency with workshops and  public interventions by international artists, including my own works and joint CAAPO artworks, funded by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Arts International.

2011-13 Tell Me Something I Don’t Know Cardiff and Vale College - Cardiff/Vale of Glamorgan

 A self-initiated project, funded by ACW and CAVC, culminating in three exhibitions and a time-capsule.

2007  Reinventing Llanedeyrn Maelfa Shopping Centre - Cardiff

  A self-initiated residency, funded by Cywaith Cymru, in a soon-to-be redeveloped shopping centre. 

2003 The Observer Student Artist of the Year Award  - Observer Magazine 

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

2015

  • Project 300     Made in Roath    Cardiff

2014

  • Formal Interference    Le Murate    Florence

2013 

  • Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (pt3)  ArcadeCardiff    Cardiff

2012

  • Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (pt1)  Milkwood Gallery   Cardiff
  • Tell Me Something I Don’t Know (pt2)  Canonhill Arts    Cardiff
  • I’m Game     ArcadeCardiff    Cardiff

2011 

  • BigLittleCity     The Cardiff Story    Cardiff

2010 

  • Made in Roath     Open House    Cardiff

2009 

  • Made in Roath      The Gate / Milkwood   Cardiff

2007 

  • Reinventing Llanedeyrn    Maelfa Shopping Centre   Cardiff
  • Welshing      tactileBosch and Milgi   Cardiff

2005 

  • Fleamarket #2      Temporary Contemporary   London
  • Gates       Centre for Contemporary Public Art  Skopje
  • Coagulation     Tactile Bosch     Cardiff

2004 

  • Love & Bullets      Transition Gallery   London
  • Hero       m2 Gallery     London
  • Fleamarket      Temporary Contemporary  London
  • nth Architecture     m2 Gallery    London

2003 

  • I'm Desperate, Love Me!    Catto Contemporary   London
  • nth Art 001      Ols & Co.    London

2002

  • Truck 3      Peripatetic exhibition   London
  • Beautiful Tomorrows     Espace d'Art Yvonamor Palix  Paris

2000 

  • Outhouse  Rich & Famous Gallery    London
  •  Assembly      Stepney City    London

1999 

  • Breaks & Pieces     Stanley Picker Gallery    London
  • Solo Show     Rich & Famous Gallery    London
  • Art For Us All      Riverside Studios    London

1997  

  • Outpost 4      Kingston Former Telephone Exchange   London

I am an active member of CAAPO (Creative Assault Art Production Organisation) and have participated in all CAAPO events and artworks since 2012.