The Korean Cultural Centre (KCC) proudly presents 162 People, a solo exhibition by
Tim Lee from Monday, August 13 to Friday, September 21. Tim Lee is a Korean born
Canadian artist who received the prestigious Sobey Art Award in 2008.
In celebration of Canada 150 in 2017, the KCC presented a series of exhibitions by highly
prominent Korean-Canadian artists throughout the year, whose contribution to the
development of Canadian art are exceptionally recognized by the Canadian governments
and their arts community. The artists included Kye-Yeon Son, the winner of 2011
Governor General’s Visual and Media Art Award and Professor at NASCAD; and Jin-me
Yoon, internationally recognized media artist and Professor at Simon Frasier
This year, the KCC Gallery program focuses on the artistic excellence of internationally
active mid-career Korean-Canadian artists. Tim Lee is the first one in the series.
Tim Lee was born in Seoul in 1975 and moved to Canada with his family. Tim Lee holds
a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Alberta, and an M.F.A. from the
University of British Columbia. He lives and works in Vancouver.
Tim Lee’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally.
He is represented by the leading commercial galleries of the United States and Europe
including Cohan & Leslie in New York, Johnen+Schottle in Cologne and Lisson Gallery
162 People is an installation piece which utilizes photographs of the past century’s
most symbolic and eclectic public figures, spanning the period from 1895 to 2015.
Projected through two 35mm film slide projectors set side by side in the gallery with an
external dissolve unit timing the rotation of the images, each photograph features a
pairing of two historical figures, with one individual taking the place of the other, and
forming a continuous sequence of prominent people meeting their random counterparts
in a carousel loop of 162 pairings; from Andy Warhol to Muhammad Ali, Jay-Z to
Mother Teresa, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky then finally back to Andy Warhol.
Conceptually derived with the artist’s subjectivity as an artist; born in Korea, raised in
Canada and living/travelling throughout the world, and acting as an engine that
searches and looks for some resonance in the sum combinations, the exhibition explores
the discourses around diaspora, cultural exchange and the random consequences that
might allow individuals from different worlds to come together.
The Sobey Art Award was created in 2002 by the Sobey Art Foundation, and had been
administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until 2016 when the National Gallery of
Canada took up a partnership to organize and circulate the exhibition. This annual
award aims to promote new developments in contemporary Canadian art and provide
opportunities for artists age 40 and under, bringing them national and international
attention. Tim Lee won this pre-eminent national prize in 2008, and is recorded as the
only Asian descendant who received this award since its inception.
Yongsup Kim, Director of the Korean Cultural Centre mentions “Tim Lee is one of the
most recognized Korean-Canadian artists internationally. His humorous but serious
research on the notion of cosmopolitanism in the era of post globalization empowers
every nomad of the world in the 21 century, including the Koreans as well as the
Canadians. With this exhibition, the KCC hopes to find another juncture of mutual
understanding between our two countries by critiquing ways to re-connect Korea-
Canada in a wider dialogue.”
Interviews are available with the artist Tim Lee.
Contact Moonsun Choi (Exhibition Program: email@example.com)
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
About the Artist
Born in Seoul, Korea in 1975, Tim Lee lives and works in Vancouver. In 2009-10, he
was a DAAD artist-in-residence in Berlin where his exhibition runs concurrently at the
DAAD Galerie and which features String Quartet, Op. 1, Glenn Gould, 1955 as a
commission. Lee has recently been the focus of solo exhibitions at the Hayward Gallery,
London; Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Arthur Boskamp Foundation,
Hohenlockstedt and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco,
and his work is represented in public collections worldwide including the Museum of
Modern Art, New York; The National Gallery of Canada; Collection de Arte
Contemporanea Fundacion, Madrid; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Vancouver Art
Gallery; and Tate Modern, London. (https://www.lissongallery.com/artists/tim-lee)