Mark Leckey Beats His … Drum

THE DAILY PIC: The British artist sounds off.

Mark Leckey

THE DAILY PIC: One last work from the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh: A still from a 2012 video called Pearl Vision by British artist Mark Leckey. (Click on my image to view a clip.) It’s a lovely study of one artist’s fetish object, in this case the made-in-China “Pearl Vision” snare drum of the title. The drum, lovingly and lushly portrayed, seems to stand for the love of the world’s stuff that lurks – almost by definition – in all representational art. It also evokes the old modernist ideal of synaesthetic imagery, here almost made real. (Image courtesy of the artist; Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; and Cabinet Gallery, London)

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