Materials: 16mm film; color, silent
Length: 3 min.; looped 20 min.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist; Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York; Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; and Cabinet Gallery, London
Made in ’Eaven revolves around an image of a stainless-steel “balloon” bunny by artist Jeff Koons, which is, as one of the most coveted objects on the art market, a potent if somewhat ridiculous symbol of reified value. The bunny appears on a pedestal in the center of an empty room recognizable to those familiar with Leckey’s work as his former studio at 7 Windmill Street, London. As the silvery object is brought close in a series of smooth zooms and pans, a troubling realization dawns: there is no camera reflected in its hyper-real surface. The image is a digital fabrication transferred to 16mm film. The title of the piece—a reference to Koons’s series of explicitly sexual photographs and sculptures, Made In Heaven (1990–91)—suggests a titillating virtual convergence of the bunny and the disembodied artist, represented by the walls of his studio.