Lee Holden’s work deliberately draws out the normally suppressed connections between areas such as
drug abuse, violence, homelessness, poverty and unemployment, and Capitalism’s celebration of
glamour, war, and economic success. He examines the operations of advertising, television news, the
National Lottery and other stereotypical forms of address so as to lay bare the fundamental
contradictions inherent in their production and presentation. His installations employ a wide range of
found materials (redundant computers and TVs, advertising literature, industrial furniture, film footage),
reinscribing their values and implications so as to render their naturalised meanings problematic and
open to dispute. The viewer is subjected to an intense, multilayered audio-visual display, one that
parodies the media spectacle, turning its own technologies against itself.
1997 - 99 University of Reading – MFA in Fine Art
1991 - 94 Cumbria College of Art & Design – BA (Hons) Fine Art.
1989 - 91 Accrington & Rossendale College – B-TEC Art & Design.
Selected Exhibitions, Screenings and Performances
2008 Railway Tavern, Stratford, London. Just Gaming- (Video)
Video screening as part of “From the picturesque to the demolished”,
An evening of video and performance, 8pm, 27th September 2008.
2008 Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria. HOAX!
First major international solo exhibition.
Large-scale Multi-media Installation and site-specific artwork.
2007 Wittenplatz Gallery, Amsterdam, Psy-Optical Insurrection (Video)
Video screening as part of “Journey to the Foul Side of the Sun”,
An evening of video and performance 14th June 2007.
2007 Lemon Sky Projects, Miami, USA, We Neither Confirm Nor Deny (Video)
Video screening as part of “Toffee Armistice”, an exhibition of current British
Art Now. Curated by Martin Sexton.
2006 Bar-a-Bar, London, We Neither Confirm Nor Deny
Multi-media Performance, part of “Foul side of the Sun”.
An evening of video and performance, 8pm, Wed 6th December 2006.
2006 E:vent Gallery, London, Deal or No Deal
Multi-media Installation, part of “Black Box”. Curated by Lela Budde and Peter
2006 Magazin4, Bregenz, Austria. Merz=
Multi-media Installation, part of the group show “Merz=”. Curated by Peter Lewis
in collaboration with Wolfgang Fetz.
2006 Fieldgate Gallery, London. We Neither Confirm Nor Deny (version 2)
Multi-media Installation, part of group show, “ Half Life”. Curated by Richard Ducker
and Gretta Sarfarty Marchant.
2006 Tate Britain, London. Late at Tate Britain
Film screening as part of “Truth Machine”, a night event of experimental music,
installation and film. Presented by Martin Sexton.
2005 Three Colts Gallery, London. We Neither Confirm Nor Deny
Multi-media Installation, as part of USUK Show, co-curated by Anne-Sophie
Dinant (London), Koan Jeff Baysa and Artist Ryan S. Lemke (NY).
2005 EAST International 05, Norwich. We Neither Confirm Nor Deny
Multi-media Performance, part of EAST International, Performance 8pm, Sat 2nd July 2005.
(EAST International 2005 Selector Gustav Metzger)
2004 Zoo Art Fair, Flaca Gallery, London. Spin Programming (Video)
Video screening as part of a weekend arts event, “Zoo Art Fair”, held at London Zoo.
2004 Redux, Commercial Street, London. Yelp & Wail (Video)
Film screening as part of, ‘Vinyl 2 - Siren Song : the Undialectic’ Vinyl is a
series of collaborations in the context of a nightclub that calls into question the
synchronicity of sound and image..
2003 Atlantis Gallery, London. The Omega Point (performance)
Performance and film screening as part of, “The World‘s First Congress on
Fork-Lift Trucks”: Current Art and its Objectives – a congress that coincided
with the exhibition ‘100,000 Newspapers’ by Gustav Metzger.
2002 The Foundry, London. Tetelosmenos (8mm film)
Film screening as part of, “The Error is Media”: A six night event of experimental
music, readings of political text and film.
2002 Illuseum, Amsterdam. Unto its Riddle Oedipus (Part 3)
Film screening as part of “Tweeduister - Betwixt & Between 2 worlds”:
An evening of film and poetry readings.
2002 ACAVA Central Space, London. Unto its Riddle Oedipus (Part 2)
Solo Performance, installation and film screening.
2001 The Klinker, Sussex Pub, London. Unto its Riddle Oedipus (Part 1)
Video Screening on the 6th December 2001.
2001 36-40 York Way, London. EGO: An Examination into the Poetic Theology of Failure
Multi-media Performance as part of the group show “Late Arrivals” on the 21st September 2001.
2000 Stuff Gallery, London. One Hundred Pounds of Clay
Performance as part of the group show, “Stuffed”.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2009 Psychopomp Artwars Projectspace, 23 Redchurch Street, London.
2008 Planchette (No Letters) Nettie Horn Gallery, 25b Vyner Street, London.
2007 Planchette Residence Gallery, Hackney Wick, London.
2007 Second Life Portman Gallery, Bethnal Green, London.
2007 Toffee Armistice Lemon Sky Projects, Miami, Florida, USA.
2006 Black Box E-vent Gallery, Bethnal Green, London.
2006 Merz= Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria.
2006 Half-Life Fieldgate Gallery, Whitchapel, London
2005 USUK Show Three Colts Gallery, Bethnal Green, London
2005 East International 05 Norwich Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk.
2004 Zoo Art Fair Flaca Gallery, Zoo Art Fair, London Zoo, London.
2001 Late Arrivals 36-40 York Way, Kings Cross, London.
2000 Stuffed The Stuff Gallery, Bethnal Green,London.
2009 Boycott Bloomberg ,Free School Publication.
2008 Tribute to Gustav Metzger, Intermedium rec. 036.
Booklet and 2 audio CD’s. Anna McCarthy - Anton Kaun - Carl Oesterhelt - Catriona Shaw - Cobra Killer –
Dennis Graef -
Dompteur Mooner - Eva Weinmayr - Frau Kraushaar & Nova Huta - Lee Holden - Max
Melissa Logan - Michaela Melián - Mosh Mosh - POLLYester - Rhythm King and her friends -
Schwestern Brüll feat. Raumschiff Engelmayr - Stewart Home / Nigel Ayers -
Ted Gaier / Mense Reents -
Wolfgang Müller - Yoko Ono. Edited by Justin Hoffman
2008 HOAX!, Magazin4/Disjecta Publication.
Exhibition Catalogue with DVD. M4-Disjecta series Publication to accompany solo international show.
Essays included by Peter Suchin, Gustav Metzger, Michael Hampton and Wolfgang Fetz. Edited by Dr
2004 Wonderful, Visions of the Near Future, Bookworks Publication.
Bookwork’s Commision, edited by Maria Fusco. Mundus Vult Deicpi Ergo Decapitar, prose text by Lee
Holden, Spring 2004. Curated by Clare Cumberlidge. Contributors included artists and scientists by: J.G.
Ballard, Mark Beasley, Jeni Bougourd, Adam Chodzko, Equator, Vincent Fusco, Liam Gillick, Lavinia
Greenlaw, Eduardo Kac, Gayle Markovitz, Craig Martin, Jane Prophet, Karen Rader, Peter Ride, Martin
Rees and David Toop
2008 Tribute to Gustav Metzger Bavarian Radio, Broadcast: 8th December 2008.
2007 East 17, Catalogue Norwich Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk. 2007
2006 Half Life, Review of show Collective Magazine, BBC Website. July 2006
2006 Merz, Catalogue Magazin 4, Bregenz, Austria. July 2006
2005 East 05 Catalogue Norwich Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk. July 2005
2002 Unto its Riddle Oedipus Central Space, text by Martina Anagnostou, March 2002
2000 Stuffed, Review of Show The Stuff Gallery Website, September 2000.
1999 Artwork, Exports and Imports AN (Artists Newsletter), November 1999, pg 40.