Tim Lee

Seattle Reminds Me of Montreal

Well, not really but something IN Seattle did take my mind back to Montreal. Rebecca and I visited Montreal back in 2005.  We visited the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and were wowed by L’Envers des apparences or The Wrong Side of Appearances.

I had seen Tim Lee’s work in Seattle before, and soon after returning I was actually in a show with Kelly Mark at COCA called Wish, curated by Jim O’Donnell.  Then Kelly appeared at the Henry in 2006. Her  website here. Then at Platform in 2008. Can you tell I like her work? Note: I was a part owner of Platform from 2004-2009.

Ok, ok. The reason for this post. Last week I went to see the Sutton, Beres, Culler show at Lawrimore Project. Jen Graves blogs about the show at The Stranger. Go see it.

They have a piece in the back called pPod:

pPod 2007 Fiberglas, aluminum, vinyl, security cameras, CB radio, audio system, LCD monitors, steel, rubber, Plexiglas  48 x 30 x 78 inches
pPod, 2007 fiberglas, aluminum, vinyl, security cameras, CB radio, audio system, LCD monitors, steel, rubber, Plexiglas 48 x 30 x 78 inches

It is a very well appointed, highly portable personal space. As you gaze into it you can hear the stereo play. It’s a fun piece.

It reminded me of this piece by Yannick Pouliot, titled Le Courtisan.

2002 Wood, painted plaster, luster and soundtrack 199 x 47 x 47
Le Coutisan, 2002 wood, painted plaster, luster and soundtrack 199" x 47" x 47"

As  we meandered through the museum we kept hearing music start then abruptly stop. We finally came up this tall ramshackle octagon with exposed 2″ x 4″s and plywood. When people opened the tall, skinny door and went in there was a flash of light and music.  So with a sense of trepidation (who knows what you’ll be confronted with in a museum) I stepped in.  The chandelier lights up, music (classical baroque I think) blares and you are confronted with this highly refined but tiny space. You have enough room to turn around and look up. Completely took me by surprise. I keep wishing I will see it again someday.

Happy Friday!