Lawrence Lek (b. 1982, Frankfurt am Main) is an artist and filmmaker based in London. He uses computer-generated images and emerging technologies such as VR to develop digital environments, which he describes as ‘three-dimensional collages of found objects and situations’. By rendering real places within fictional scenarios, his simulations reflect the impact of the virtual on our perception of reality. These frequently incorporate first-person narratives within immersive audio-visual installations to position the viewer at the centre of the world.
Lek studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, the Architectural Association, and the Cooper Union, and is currently pursuing a PhD in machine learning at the Royal College of Art. His recent projects include Nøtel at arebyte Gallery, London and Stroom Den Haag, NL; 2065 at K11 art space, Hong Kong; Geomancer for the Jerwood/FVU Award, UK; Sinofuturism (1839-2046 AD) at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK; and QE3 for Glasgow International 2016. Lek is represented by Sadie Coles HQ, London

Lawrence Lek © Eriver Hijano
Lawrence Lek
Frankfurt am Main, 1982

Current Exhibitions

02 Oct — 08 Dec
Inaugurating during Frieze Art Week, the collective exhibition by the Vinyl Factory features new works by major international artist. The show explores ideas of identity, representation and self-image while questioning how coming together to take action...

Past Exhibitions

An Opera for Animals

Para Site
23/03/2019 — 09/06/2019

Artificial Landscape

CVision@SOGO 04/03/2019 — 31/03/2019


Arsenale Nord, Tese 89-90-91 13/05/2017 — 30/10/2017

Solo Shows

2065, chi K11 art space, Hong Kong

Group Shows

Bold Tendencies, Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, London
Quest-For-Meaning Bureau The Culture of a Good Life, KUNSTSÆLE Berlin, Berlin
Head Heap Heat, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Singapore, Singapore
Rendered Cities, apexart, New York (NY)
Uncanny Valleys of a Possible Future, CTM 2018: Turmoil, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin

A Better Version of You, Art Sonje Center, Seoul
Play Station, Art Night London (with Whitechapel Gallery), London
3Drifts, ASAKUSA, Tokyo
HyperPavilion, Arsenale Nord, Venice, Italy
Geomancer, Neither One Thing Or Another, Jerwood/FVU Awards, Jerwood Space, London
The New Normal, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Hybrid Layers, ZkM Centre for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Offshore: Artists explore the sea, Hull Maritime Museum, Hull, UK
All Channels Open, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK
Hua Wei (with Kode9 / Hyperdub), Ø, Corsica Studios, London

Glasgow International, Director’s Programme, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
SeMA Mediacity Seoul Biennial, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul
Missed Connections, Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany
Vordemburge-Gildewart Award, Annely Juda Gallery, London
Maybe your Lens is Scratched?, Slate Projects, London
Europa, Mon Amour (2016 Brexit Edition), Open Source Festival, London
Overseas (360 Video), This is Public Space, UP Projects, London
New Realities, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Lima
Game Video / Art, Triennale di Milano, XXI Century. IULM, Milan, Italy
Secret Surface, KW Institut, Berlin

Software, Hard Problem, Cubitt Gallery, London
The Uncanny Valley, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK
The Labour of Sound in a World of Debt, Vierte Welt, Berlin
Faith Dollars, Taxfree Imagination & Uptown Bliss, Assembly Point, London
Equalizer.Space, The Wrong, Biennial for Online Art (with Channel Normal)
Dalston, Mon Amour, Open Source Festival, London
H0ST, Monitor Galleri, Göthenburg, Sweden
Dazed Emerging Artist Award, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Black Box Formula, Curating Contemporary Art Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London

Sky Line, Digital Commission (supported by Outset England), Art Licks Weekend, London
Tomb, Shrine, Survey-Maker, Spare Part…, Enclave, London
I/P 1, Project/Number, London
Tabularium, Slopes, Melbourne, Australia
BitRates, Shiraz Artist House, Iran
Re:presence, STO Werkstatt, London
SEIZE International, KEK, Budapest
RIaytracer, The White Building, London
Delirious New Wick, Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London
Snow Falling in a Temple, Twice, POST2, La Scatola, Online Residency
Continental Drift OST, Channel Normal, Online Residency
Prosthetic Aesthetics, Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Switzerland

Penthouse 4C, Hack the Barbican, Barbican Centre, London
Night Loops, Legion TV, London
Bonus Levels: A Collective Tower, Art Licks Weekend, The White Building, London
The Wrong, Biennial for Online Art, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Error 415: ArtSlant, San Francisco (CA), USA
Pyramid Schemes, The White Building, London
Glass Idols, Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), London
Bring Your Own Beamer, SPACE, London
Exophonic 1, Watermans Arts Centre, London
Designers in Residence 2012, Design Museum, London
Art and Social Activism, Chashama Foundation, New York (NY)
Assembly, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art, London
Illuminations, Coldharbour Gallery, London

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Frankfurt am Main Country of birth: Germany Date of birth: 1982 Lives in: London, UK