Tim Lee at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

December 29, 2010 - February 1, 2011

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery
400A Julia Street

For a diehard music fan, the hardest adjustment of all is the silence that descends when the band has finished playing and the lights are turned back up. In the absence of music, other senses fill the void. This exhibition looks at the paradoxical phenomenon of hearing music when nobody is playing.

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

For Resounding, Tim Lee will present a work originally presented at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco, during a residency there. The work traces a connection between Steve Martin’s first comedy album, Let’s Get Small, recorded live at San Francisco’s Boarding House in 1977, and Neil Young’s seminal electric/acoustic album Rust Never Sleeps, recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace in 1979.

Tim Lee
    b. 1975, Seoul, Korea


2002    Master of Fine Arts, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
1999    Bachelor of Design, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Solo Exhibitions

2010        Streichquartett Op. 1 - daadgalerie, Berlin

2009        Tim Lee - Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne
            Tim Lee- Hayward Gallery, London

2008        Perspectives 161: Tim Lee - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX
Klavierübung (Goldberg-Variationen) - Johnen Galerie, Berlin
Tim Lee - Cohan and Leslie, New York City, NY
      Passengers: 1.5 Tim Lee - CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA

2007    Remakes, Variations (1741-2049) - Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, BC
    Tim Lee, Galerie Rudiger Schottle, Munich

2006    Retrospective, Public Enemy 1988-91, Lisson Gallery, London 
    Tim Lee, Cohan & Leslie, New York, NY

2005    Togetherness: Tim Lee & Euan Macdonald, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2004    Tim Lee., Cohan & Leslie, New York, NY
    The Askance View, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2003    Sight Gags, YYZ Artists Outlet, Toronto, ON

2002    Louie Louie, Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2001    The Move, Western Front, Vancouver, BC

Group Exhibitions

2010     Huckleberry Finn – CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
The Record- Contemporary Art and Vinyl, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC
It is What It Is. Recent Acquisitions of New Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada-Musee des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON
CUE: Artists Videos, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC
    101 Collection: Route 1 – R for Replicant, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco
Konversationsstücke – Akt 1, Johnen Galerie, Berlin

2009        Cargo Manifesto, Bayrische Staatsoper, Munich
Cargo / Cargo manifest / Cargo vision - Autocenter, Berlin

2008    Yokohama Triennale 2008 – Time Crevasse, Central and Waterfront Sites in Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan
    Sobey Art Award, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, ON
    Trust in Me, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Jahresgaben 2008 - Kunstverein München, Munich
Don’t Come In, Be Merciful - Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne
      ARENA: The Art of Hockey - Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
I am never at home - Johnen Galerie, Berlin
Unknown Pleasures - Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
16th Biennale of Sydney - Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
E-flux Video Rental - Centro de Arte Moderna José de Azeredo Perdigão - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
    eXponential Future - The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2007    All About Laughter – Humour in Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, JP
    For Sale, Cristina Guerra, Lisbon, Portugal
    Sliding Doors: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions, Tate Modern, London
    Acting The Part: Photography as Theatre, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2006    Wrong, Klosterfelde, Berlin
    Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, QC
    Disto R, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico

2005    New Work/New Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
    Intertidal, MuHKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, BE
    Appearances, Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal, QC
    I Really Should…, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
    Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
    Re-Play, Museo Carillo Gil, Mexico City, MX

2004    Anxiety of Influence, Stadtgalerie and Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, CH
    Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast in Contemporary Art, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA
Confidence, Passagen Konsthall, Linköping, SE
    Building the Collection, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
    Perform, Tracey Lawrence Gallery, Vancouver, BC
    Soundtracks, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina; Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
    Game Over, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, ON
    Video Heroes, Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, ON

2003    Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast in Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
    Video Heroes, Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal, QC
    First Prague Biennial, National Gallery, Prague, CZ
    Soundtracks, Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, AB
    The Blackwood Gallery, Toronto, ON

2002    Vancouver Video, Nuova Icona, Venice, IT
    Binocular Parallax, Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA
    Dogwood, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver, BC
     Suite, Belkin Satellite, Vancouver, BC

2001    Documents, Para/Site ArtSpace, Hong Kong, HK

Curatorial Projects

2004    Artists’ Favourites, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
2003    At Work, Clint Burnham, Western Front, Vancouver, BC

Selected Bibliography

2006    Wilson, Michael. “Tim Lee”. Artforum.  Summer 2006, p349
2005    Burnham, Clint. “Tim Lee”. Flash Art. Jan./Feb. 2005.
    Milroy, Sarah. “Not-so-stupid art tricks”. The Globe and Mail. Jul. 5
“100 Future Greats”. Art Review. Dec. 

2004    Baker, Kenneth. “Contemporary art through a Left Coast lens”. San Francisco Chronicle. Oct. 13
    Brayshaw, Christopher. “Changing Illusions of ‘Reality’”. The Globe and Mail. Nov. 6,
    Chasin, Noah. “Tim Lee”. Art Review. June/July/August 
    Hellman, Michel. “Rever sa vie en vidéo”. Le Devoir. Jan. 3-4, 
    Henderson, Lee. “Canadian artists”. Vancouver Sun. May 19, 
    Jahn, Jeff. “Baja to Vancouver”. Modern Painters. Jan. 2004. p. 132.
    Johnson, Ken. “Tim Lee”. The New York Times. Jun. 11, 
    Rosenberg, Karen. “Northern Lights”. New York. May 31, 
    Scott, Michael. “Separating West Coast dream from reality”. Vancouver Sun. Jun. 5, 
    Turner, Michael. “Not so quiet on the Western front”. The Globe and Mail. Jul. 14, 

2003    Bouchard, Gilbert A.  “Visual art and music: Twain meet”. Edmonton Journal. Jun. 27
    Burnham, Clint. “Tim Lee is a Joke”. YYZINE. Oct. 
    DeVuono, Frances. “Baja to Vancouver”. ArtWeek. Dec. 03/Jan. 04. p. 18.
    Helfand, Glen. “Baja to Vancouver”. Artforum. Dec. p. 150.
    Hirschmann, Thomas. “Soundtracks”. Now Magazine. Oct. 16-22,     

2002    DeVuono, Frances. “Binocular Parallax at Consolidated Works”. ArtWeek. Dec. p. 37.
    Hackett, Regina. “Binocular Parallax”. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Sep. 20.

2001    Brayshaw, Christopher. “Hello Nasty”. Last Call. Summer. p. 7.


2005    Jonas, Joan and Jens Hoffman ed. “Art Works: Perform”, Thames & Hudson.

2004    Hoffman, Jens. “When the Serious is Tinted with Humour, it Makes a Nicer Colour”, Spur04, Revolver Press.    
    Hoffman, Jens. ed. “The Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist”, E-flux/Revolver Press, Fall 2003

2003    Rugoff, Ralph, Matthew Coolidge, Douglas Coupland, the Office for Soft Architecture and Matthew Stadler “Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast in Contemporary Art, Essays”, 2003.
    Hoffman, Jens and Ken Lum. “First Prague Biennale, Essays”, 2003.
    O’Brien, Melanie. “d’Or”, Or Gallery, 2003.
    “The Jerk”, YYZINE, January 2003
    “4 Photographs”, Front, May/June 2003.

2002    Szewczyk, Monika. “Dogwood”, Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery,2002. 
    Alteen„ Glenn. “Vancouver Video”, Nuova Icona, 2002.

Public Collections

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Collection de Arte Contemporanea Fundacion, Madrid
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Tate Modern, London
Vancouver Art Gallery