“Perspectives 161: Tim Lee”

Tim Lee steals celebrities’ identities on film

Artist Tim Lee doesn’t want to be a celebrity — he wants to be celebrities. In his solo exhibition “Perspectives 161: Tim Lee,” the photographer imagines himself as actors, musicians and athletes. In one photo, he re-creates the classic image of actor/comedian Steve Martin holding a banjo and wearing a headband made to look like an arrow is going through his head. In others, he rocks out like Neil Young or uses digital imaging to appear to be bending over backwards like flexible frontman Iggy Pop. In the video installation Aria: Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould, two separate screens show Lee’s hand mimicking the work of the famous pianist. With these works and more, Lee not only gets to play pretend, but to question roles usually reserved to trained professionals. The show runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Through July 13. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 16. Continues through July 13, 2008

 
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