Lisson Gallery

Tim Lee

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 lives and works in Vancouver, Canada. He has a BA in Design from the University of Alberta, Canada, and an MFA from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has had solo exhibitions at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA (2008); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX, USA (2008) and Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver, Canada (2007). He has been included in major group exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, New York City, NY, USA (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, USA (2015); Salzburg Museum, Austria (2014); Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2013); Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI, USA (2012); Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL, USA (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, USA (2011); Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan (2010); National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada (2010); Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada (2009); Tate Modern, London, UK (2006) and Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA (2005). He has participated in numerous biennials includingShanghai Biennale, China (2012); Istanbul Biennial, Turkey (2011); Yokohama Triennale, Japan (2008) and the 1st Prague Biennial, Czech Republic (2003). In 2008 he was awarded the Sobey Art Prize and the VIVA Art Award.

Duck Soup, The Marx Brothers, 1933

Tim Lee
Duck Soup, The Marx Brothers, 1933, 2012
Installation view, 303 Gallery, New York, 2012
2-channel video installation
2 minutes, 50 seconds

Solo, Merce Cunningham, 1953

Tim Lee
Solo, Merce Cunningham, 1953, 2010
2 c-prints 101.6 x 127 cm each 40 x 50 in each

Glenn Gould, Streichquartett, Op. 1, 1955, Studioaufnahme, aufgefџhrtvon Tim Lee

Tim Lee
Glenn Gould, Streichquartett, Op. 1, 1955, Studioaufnahme, aufgefџhrt von Tim Lee, 2010
2-colour silkscreen 137 x 137 cm 54 x 54 in

The Idea of North, Glenn Gould, 1967

Tim Lee
The Idea of North, Glenn Gould, 1967, 2010
Architectural model
129 x 30 x 30 cm 50 3/4 x 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 in

The Idea of North, Glenn Gould, 1967

Tim Lee
The Idea of North, Glenn Gould, 1967, 2010
Architectural model
129 x 30 x 30 cm 50 3/4 x 11 7/8 x 11 7/8 in

Untitled (Buster Keaton), 1897

Tim Lee
Untitled (Buster Keaton), 1897, 2010
16mm film, looping structure
35 seconds, variable dimensions

Untitled II (Alexander Rodchenko, 1928)

Tim Lee
Untitled II (Alexander Rodchenko, 1928), 2008
Black and white print 165.1 x 114.3 cm 65 x 45 in   

Untitled (Aleksander Rodchenko, 1928)

Tim Lee
Untitled (Aleksander Rodchenko, 1928), 2008
4 black & White photographs in artist's frame
Photograph: 15.2 x 22.8 cm each
Framed 76.2 x 76.2 cm each Photograph 6 x 9 in each Framed 30 x 30 in each

Untitled (Aleksander Rodchenko, 1928)

Tim Lee
Untitled (Aleksander Rodchenko, 1928), 2008
4 black & White photographs in artist's frame
Photograph: 15.2 x 22.8 cm each
Framed 76.2 x 76.2 cm each Photograph 6 x 9 in each Framed 30 x 30 in each

Untitled (Aleksander Rodchenko, 1928)

Tim Lee
Untitled (Aleksander Rodchenko, 1928), 2008
4 black & White photographs in artist's frame
Photograph: 15.2 x 22.8 cm each
Framed 76.2 x 76.2 cm each Photograph 6 x 9 in each Framed 30 x 30 in each

Untitled (Aleksander Rodchenko, 1928)

Tim Lee
Untitled (Aleksander Rodchenko, 1928), 2008
4 black & White photographs in artist's frame
Photograph: 15.2 x 22.8 cm each
Framed 76.2 x 76.2 cm each Photograph 6 x 9 in each Framed 30 x 30 in each

Untitled (Aleksander Rodchenko, 1928)

Tim Lee
Untitled (Aleksander Rodchenko, 1928), 2008
4 black & White photographs in artist's frame
Photograph: 15.2 x 22.8 cm each
Framed 76.2 x 76.2 cm each Photograph 6 x 9 in each Framed 30 x 30 in each

It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, Public Enemy, 1988

Tim Lee
It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, Public Enemy, 1988 , 2006
Vinyl record, steel wire, wood in plexiglass vitrine
Dimensions variable

Untitled (James Osterberg, 1970)

Tim Lee
Untitled (James Osterberg, 1970), 2006
C-Print 182.9 x 213.4 cm 72 x 84 inches

Party for Your Right to Fight, Public Enemy, 1988

Tim Lee
Party for Your Right to Fight, Public Enemy, 1988, 2006
2-sided mirror with aluminium steel frame 213.5 x 152.4 cm 84 x 60 inches

Retrospective, Public Enemy, 1988-91

Tim Lee
Retrospective, Public Enemy, 1988-91, 2006
2-channel video installation: 2 monitors and 2 DVD players with synchronisation unit
Dimensions variable

Untitled (Neil Young, 1969)

Tim Lee
Untitled (Neil Young, 1969), 2004
C-Print
129 x 160 x cm 50 3/4 x 63 x in

The Jerk, Carl Reiner, 1979

Tim Lee
The Jerk, Carl Reiner, 1979, 2004
Framed C-Print
210 x 182 cm 82 5/8 x 71 5/8 in

Funny Face, George and Ira Gershwin, 1933

Tim Lee
Funny Face, George and Ira Gershwin, 1933, 2002
2 Channel DVD installation
Dimensions variable

Rust Never Sleeps, Neil Young

Tim Lee
Rust Never Sleeps, Neil Young , 1979
3-channel 35mm slide projection

String Quartet, Op. 1, Glenn Gould

Tim Lee
String Quartet, Op. 1, Glenn Gould, 1955
4-channel HD videoPhotography installation

Untitled (Stanley Kubrick)

Tim Lee
Untitled (Stanley Kubrick), 1945
C-print 180.3 x 142.2 cm 71 x 56 in

Exhibitions

  1. Tim Lee: Solo Quintet (1897-1979)

    Tim Lee: Solo Quintet (1897-1979)

    8 September – 2 October 2010

  2. Tim Lee

    Tim Lee

    7 April – 6 May 2006

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