Lorsen Camps

Consultant Artist Sculpture Installation Photography Painting Craft Social Engagement

Lorsen Camps is an artist and curator based in Coventry. His work calls attention to the beauty and value he sees in disregarded things. This is the basis of his practice sparking investigation and exploration of objects and materials.

He works with mixed media, photography and installation taking found/reclaimed objects and charity shops finds - things with little or no apparent value - and re-presents or reinvents these worthless things to highlight their significance.

His current focus is on reclaimed polystyrene packaging – emphasising its aesthetic nature, its sculptural form, and using each piece to stimulate new creative endeavours.

Lorsen’s artwork has featured in group shows and selected exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2018 and he was the winner of the Leamington Open in 2019; a Spotlight Show at the Gallery & Museum there followed. In Summer 2021 he was commissioned for the Artspace 'Artist on my Street' project which has been bringing art into the neighbourhoods of Coventry. Most recently Lorsen was the engagement artist for 'The Show Windows: Reflections' exhibition in Coventry City Arcade.

As a curator Lorsen is interested in showing work outside of traditional gallery settings and bringing work to the people. This started with 'The Wall' project (2009) where Lorsen and artist Martin Green created a makeshift gallery of street-found objects on his front wall.

From 2009-14 Lorsen curated several exhibitions in the Coventry Centre for Contemporary Art (CCCA) – a mini-gallery/shed that came out of a Bob & Roberta Smith show at The Mead Gallery. Lorsen utilised the ‘pop-up’ nature of the CCCA to reach varied audiences outside traditional art gallery settings (such as a primary school and a pub car park). These exhibitions all encouraged public interaction with evolving displays. In 2016 Lorsen turned his garage into an exhibition space for ‘Gallage’, bringing art to the residential area where he currently lives.

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