Leah Capaldi

Location: London
Website: www.leahcapaldi.com
Bio:

Royal College of Art, 2008-10, MA Sculpture,
University of Brighton 2004-07, BA (hons) Sculpture,

The crossover area between the disciplines of sculpture and performance are of particular interest to Leah Capaldi’s practice, with echoes of the seminal performance work of the late 1960s and early 70s. She explores the pivotal relationship between object or subject, encouraging the audience to question themselves in relation to the work and playing with notions of surveillance and spectatorship.
“It’s such a ‘safe’ space, the gallery space. Within a gallery, we can see the most horrendous images or we can be part of anything, and it’s diluted because of the confines of the art cathedral. If I can get people to experience the rupture or interruption of their viewing, I can shake them out of that. If they’re going around in a bit of a daydream, I wonder if there’s something I can do to prod them and draw them back, to realise that there’s something else happening that they weren’t aware of. There’s also a very accepted way of viewing work; why should there be?” Leah Capaldi in Interview with Ellen Mara de Wachter.

Exhibitions:

2014
Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth (FORTHCOMING SEPT)
The Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park, London
ART14 – Kensington Olympia, London
Witness Matter - Vitrine, London

2013
No Questions – Ausstellungsraum, Basel, Switzerland
mass. en masse. mass medium. - Cafe Gallery Projects, London

2012
Untouchable - The Flying Dutchman, London
Invites - 176/ Zabludowicz Collection, London
Incubate Festival - Tilburg, Holland,
Parts and Labour – Camberwell Space, London
Prop - Vitrine, London
Give Me Strength In My Heart - Copenhagen Place, London
Everything – Institute of Contemporary Art, London

2011
New Contemporaries - Institute of Contemporary Art, London
FRIEZE Performance Evening - David Roberts Art Foundation, London
New Contemporaries - Site Gallery and S1 Artspace, Sheffield
The Hole - London
The Catlin Art Prize 2011 - The Tramshed, London
The King and The Minotaur - Wignall and Moore, London
GlueGun - The Hospital Club, London

2010
The Plaza Principle – Leeds Shopping Plaza, Leeds
EXPOSURE 2010 - Parasol Unit, London
London Lola - Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt
Young Gods - Charlie Smith, London
SHOW RCA - Royal College of Art, London
Park Night - Pump House Gallery, London
Unitary Structures - STEW, Norwich
Embrace RCA at ECA - Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
Testing Ground : Live - 176/ Zabludowicz Collection, London

Awards:

2014 - Arts Foundation Yoma Sasburg Sculpture Fellowship 2014
2012 - Finalist Girton College residency shortlist
2011 - Finalist Catlin Art Prize
2010 - Parasol Unit EXPOSURE 2010 prize
2009 - Stanley Picker bursary
2006 - Michael Hicks prize for sculpture

Publications:
100 London Artists : Volume 2. 2014, Edward Lucie-Smith and Zavier Ellis, Elizabeth Beecher Publishing
mass. en masse. mass medium. 2013, Natasha Rees and Alys Williams
New Contemporaries 2011, Bloomberg Publications
The Catlin Guide 2011, Justin Hammond, Catlin Holdings ltd

Press:
Aug 2014
Vitamin Magazine (FORTHCOMING)

June 2014
Leah Capaldi: Never Undressed.com (FORTHCOMING)

May 2014
Recommended Reading : Leah Capaldi, ARTLICKS magazine

Apr 2014
Leah Capaldi and Stephanie Saade, Paul Carey Kent, Frieze Magazine

Feb 2014
Winter Report: Leah Capaldi and Stephanie Saade, Traction Magazine
Witness Matter, Aine Carlin. hungertv.com
Witness Matter, Susie Pentelow. wallstreetinternational.com

Nov 2012
INVITES Leah Capaldi, Ellen Mara De Wachter. Zabludowicz Collection

June 2012
SPOTLIGHT no.1 Vitrine Gallery: Encountered. Chantelle May Purcell. Fadwebsite.com

Jan 2012
Art Exhibition in Review 2011 by Paul Carey Kent, Paul Carey Kent. Artlyst.com,

Dec 2011
Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2011, Claire Hazelton, The Student Newspaper,

Bloomberg New Contemporaries scenting the trail, Elizabeth Hommersham, Jotta.com,

Nov 2011
4 Hot Young British Artists to Watch From the ICA London's New Contemporaries Show, Coline Milliard, artinfo.com,

Avant Art, Glass profiles the most exciting artists, Aaron Hammond, Glass Magazine,

Oct 2011
AMY'S LONDON: FRIEZE OPENINGS – EVENTS / HAPPENINGS / PERFORMANCES AT DAVID ROBERTS ART FOUNDATION. Amy Sherlock, artfridge.de

May 2011
Next generation turns its backs on Emin and Hirst's conceptual artworks, Vanessa Thorpe, guardian.co.uk

Scents and Sensibility: Leah Capaldi spray actors in Chanel for performance piece. Emma Love, theindependent.co.uk

Leah Capaldi Catlin Art Prize artist number 4, fadwebsite.com

Feb 2011
Does the recession inspire avant garde art?, Dr Richard Cork, The Shortlist Magazine

Jan 2011
The artists to watch in 2011, theindependent.co.uk

Oct 2010
EXPOSURE 10, Rachel Segal Hamilton, dontpaniconline.com

EXPOSURE 10, James Cahill, Jotta.com

Jul 2010
A Group Show By Other Means, Paul Carey Kent, Saatchi Online

How postgraduates are turning to innovative ventures to fund their degrees, Henry Procter, independent.co.uk