Tim Lee | the artist




The artist Tim Lee
Born 1975, Seoul, Korea.
Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.

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Working with photography, video, text and sculpture, Tim Lee’s work both replicates and reimagines seminal moments in art history and popular culture. With sources that range from Johann Sebastian Bach, Steve Martin, Dan Graham, Public Enemy, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Ted Williams, Lee suggestively interpellates himself with the history of his subjects by loosely reconstructing specific works associated with their creators, and in so doing, complicates our knowledge of these histories while mapping out an extended timeline that travels from the historical past to the imagined future…
Tim Lee, a young Vancouver-based artist, makes surprising, finely tuned jokes in the form of large, glossy photographs, usually starring himself. His pictures call to mind works by Ken Lum, who was his teacher, and Tony Tasset, artists who also use photographic humor to discover cracks in the collective hallucination that we call reality…
Each of Tim Lee’s photographs documents the artistís attempt to lie perfectly still on his studio floor for the duration of an album by Public Enemy, from which they also take their titles. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) and Fear of a Black Planet (1990) are two of the most influential recordings across musical genres, and are highly charged statements about race and politics in the USA


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