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Lot 16A      
Rodney Graham

God Bless Tiny Tim (gold)
gold ink silkscreen on Japanese paper
3 of 6
39.25" x 25.125"
Estimate $1,200

Framing available by Superframe at a special rate

Courtesy of the artist and 303 Gallery (NYC); Lisson Gallery (London); Hauser & Wirth (Zurich) 

Rodney Graham’s God Bless Tiny Tim (gold) stems from a found photograph of Tiny Tim, the eccentric vocalist of the ’60s who became famous for his weird falsetto voice and dedication to a repertoire of obscure ’20s tunes. Graham likens the graphic style of the poster to those of punk in the ’70s, as well as the feeling given from the cover of a funeral brochure. Graham was born in Vancouver in 1949, where he continues to live and work. He is a prolific creator and has exhibited a wide range of art forms such as video, photography, music, sculpture, drawing and installation. He studied at the University of British Columbia, originally pursuing a degree in Literature. In the 1970s he founded new-wave band UJ3RK5 (pronounced “you jerk”) with artists Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and Frank Johnston, playing and touring widely. As a conceptual artist exploring the human experience, he became fascinated by the optics of light and seeing. He explored pinhole cameras and researched the camera obscura, an ancient scientific device which inverts imagery. His interest in this device continues to this day and has become the focus of much of his work in photography. While his art has taken many forms since the late 1970s, upside-down imagery has become a personal metaphor for his view of the modern world.