Course Leader Fine Art
Institute of Humanities & Creative Arts
tel: 01905 542038
Lee Hassall is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, London, where he gained his BA Hons in Sculpture in 1998; he subsequently completed an MA at Chelsea College of Art, London in 1999.
Lee has made performance work for: The National Review of Live Art, Glasgow; The Hay Festival, Wales; Interface Switch Room, Belfast; Trace Gallery, Cardiff; and sites in Beijing. He has presented installation work at: Artspace, Sydney; Fordham Gallery, London; Annely Juda Fine Art, London; and Franklin Furnace, New York. His film works have been screened at: Tate Britain; Arnolfini, Bristol; the Toronto Biennial; the National Museum Krakow; and the Reading Experimental Film Festival. His public sculpture, Contemporary Sitings was commissioned by Sustrans for the National Cycle Network.
Lee is currently undertaking a practice-led PhD at the University of Aberystwyth, in the Department of Theatre, Film & Television. His starting point for his research is a set of drawings by Thomas Rowlandson made during a tour of Wales in 1797. The main focus of the enquiry is emptiness in relation to the sublime, with thesis chapters on: ‘the sublime’; ‘landscape’; ‘the picturesque site’; and ‘post-colonial absences’. His research proposes reclaiming a sense of the visual within the study of landscape and explores and contextualises articulation of the visual in relation to the performative. In part by examining how the figural and two-dimensional are articulated and translated into performances, the underlying aim of the research is to widen the discourse that surrounds performing and inhabiting landscape. Outcomes will be a set of artworks and a developing written thesis whose form will allow for ruptures, breaks and schisms and which, with its jump-cuts and propensity towards montage, transgresses the teleology of conventional academic discourse. (Dr Carl Lavery).