'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore'
Image - Mark Leckey visits Liverpool Biennial
Who would you answer if pushed to name a famous Wirral resident? Possibly not Wilfred Owen or Elvis Costello and definitely not Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey.
Born in Birkenhead in 1964, it perhaps wasn’t a given that Leckey would go on to scoop the prize in 2008. His parents worked in Littlewood's and Leckey spent his youth failing school and knocking around with football casuals before leaving for art school in Newcastle. Moves to New York and London followed as Leckey began creating work exploring what he would later describe to Frieze as the "tawdry but somehow romantic elegance of certain aspects of British culture."
Identifying as a pop artist, Leckey would examine these subcultures in his seminal 1999 film 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore'. The 15 minute piece consisted of spliced footage of dancers in clubs, drawing on 1970s northern soul and 1990s acid house. The work is both uplifting and ghostly in equal measure, recalling the early montage videos of Bruce Conner.
'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' is available in full for tonight only here.
Mark Leckey will exhibit at this year's Liverpool Biennial which starts on 9 July.