Lee Holden: ‘Universal Bridge’

Lee Holden,Standpoint Gallery

Standpoint Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new work by Lee Holden, winner of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2022/23.

This exhibition has been developed over the past year by Lee Holden (b.1972, Accrington, Lancashire, UK), the 20th recipient of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award.

Universal Bridge is a site-specific installation focusing upon the “mindset”, technology and infrastructure of governance, as well as the potential consequences of resistance to enforced technological change. The piece sets up a complex dialogue between, on the one hand, authority, progress, and control and, on the other, sabotage, disruption, and critique.

Using a vast array of found, collected and reconfigured materials alongside specifically-sourced instruments and tools, Holden has transformed Standpoint’s unique display spaces so as to suggest a military or government research station devoted to clandestine activities of dubious intent. Something very disturbing has happened here: an irreversible accident or transgressive intrusion has already taken place.

The MTSA is one of the most significant awards for emerging UK artists working in the field of sculpture. It seeks to reward outstanding and innovative practice, with a particular interest in work that demonstrates a commitment to process or sensitivity to material. Holden was the 20th winner of the annual sculpture prize and received: £10,000 towards the production of this new work, a solo exhibition at Standpoint in 2023, and a National Touring Programme.

Holden was selected from close to 300 submissions by a judging panel comprising: Mike Nelson RA; Jane Bhoyroo, Producer at Yorkshire Sculpture International; Rebecca Scott, director at Cross Lane Projects and Mark Tanner Trust; and Rosie Edwards, MTSA winner 2021/22.

‘Universal Bridge’ will open at Standpoint from 19 May – 24 June 2023 before travelling the UK as part of the MTSA’s National Touring Programme. The exhibition will tour to Cross Lane Projects, Kendal, in Spring 2024.

Duration 19 May 2023 - 24 June 2023
Times Thursday - Saturday, 12 - 5pm
Cost Free
Venue Standpoint Gallery
Address 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD , ,
Contact 02077394918 / mtsa@standpointlondon.co.uk / www.standpointlondon.co.uk


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