Adrian Lee works in video, performance, and sculpture, re-examining and reworking the overlooked trappings of our culture in an investigation of the processes of communication and persuasion used on domestic and international scales. Isolating and dismantling devices including government health warnings, health & safety signage and bureaucratic small print, multinational corporate advertising and brand mascots, he probes their function, reorganising familiar rhetoric and disrupting assumed authority. Adrian is fascinated by the way people attempt to define themselves through the things they purchase, what they believe and what they are told. In this world of hi-viz, feedback and data release forms, we collude in our own manipulation by becoming devotees of product designers, advertising executives, spin-doctors, and charlatans.
Health and Safety compliant use of fire signage applied to a stock poster of Relativity by MC Escher.
A standard legal disclaimer, rewritten in layman’s terms.
A now outlawed, Marlboro Cigarettes shop sign, reworked in gloss black and clear acrylic, and lit internally with ultraviolet light. Originally painted in the red and white, of the iconic brand, the case is now a clear acrylic, displaying the object's guts for all to see.
A collection of works marrying two iconic pieces of design: the 12-inch vinyl record cover and the hard-pack, flip-top cigarette packet. Cool, nostalgic rebellion, squared.
An exploration of the horrific marketing techniques of brand ISIS and the West’s response to their atrocities. A stop-motion animation using LEGO children’s construction toys.
2017 Curating in the Dark, Artsadim, London UK
2015 Exit Strategies, GARAGE, Edinburgh Fringe, UK
2015 The Scientologist Personality Test Pub Quiz, The Gladstone, London, UK
2014 Compensation Culture, GARAGE, Edinburgh Fringe, UK
2012 Point of Sale, The Vitrine Gallery, London, UK
2011 Survival Instinct, Deptford X, London, UK
2017 ArtNight London, Associate Programme, UK
2017 Site (un)Specific, METAL Southend, UK
2016 Performance Programme, Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico
2016 Salon Acme, Mexico City, Mexico
2016 Mi Casa Tu Casa, Casa, Imelda, Mexico City, Mexico
2015 Market Sundries, Gardners, East London Photomonth, London, UK
2015 Salon at St Saviour's, Plymouth Art Weekender, Plymouth, UK
2015 Performance as Process, Delfina Foundation, London, UK
2015 Repeat/Rehearse, Delfina Foundation, London, UK
2014 DJART '14 Festival, Algiers, Algeria
2013 Fort Da, Siobhan Davies Studio, London, UK
2012 Climb like a Cucumber, Fall like an Aubergine, W139, Amsterdam, Holland
2012 Ghost Station, Bletchley Park, UK
2009 Deloitte Ignite 09, The Royal Opera House, London, UK