by Simon James in New Art on Wednesday 12 June 2013

Leo Fitzmaurice recently won the UK’s Northern Art Prize for his always-witty art installations built painstakingly out of everyday crap. But he doesn’t just re-present crap as crap, in the way that a lot of artists in this field do. No, Fitzmaurice reconfigures his crap with intricate systems – you think you’re looking at and thinking about one thing, and then suddenly you realise you’re somewhere else entirely.

Whether it’s Bargain Brand packaging that becomes a curiously enticing modernist cityscape, or a set of flyers for a ballet that leaves you chuckling at the whole history of Op-Art, his work is an instant workout for the eye and the brain together.