Artist Talk: Fung Ming Chip at 70 John DUMBO Brooklyn
Artist Talk : Fung Ming Chip at 70John Brooklyn, DUMBO Brooklyn
Tim Okamura #70johnartisttalk
Brooklyn-based Tim Okamura, international Portraitist, widely known for his intricate images of the urban dweller, will be presenting works-in-progress and speaking of "Inspiration, Process, and Evolution" in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
August 15th 2015
East Hampton, New York
About Audrey Lee
Native New Yorker
East Hampton, NY resident
Well established in Springs, East Hampton, her family had properties before Lee was born.
"My intrepid grandfather and his son, my father, fell in love with the area and bought a home."
" Maidstone Park was magical. Families, beach days, biking, fishing, buying bait at Charlie's Fishing Station, Milky Ways stored with the frozen squid, Tilley's soda fountain shop..."
" It was truly a blessed childhood. Exposed to the best of both environs, it formed my perspective on life, accept the good and try not to judge. Immersion in both urban Chinese culture and classic American rural taught me about humanity in the most positive ways."
Lee attended the High School of Music & Art, New York; SUNY at Stony Brook; and worked in publications, Seventeen Magazine, for six years.
Layers interest me.
The natural process and the erosion.
Sometimes leaving a hint of the past or a color from another time.
Textures that evoke a spirit and connect us to others.
"Take risks, beyond what is comfortable. Nothing is written in stone. Nothing is a mistake, merely a step in the process to a final result."
Tim Lee (1953 - 2013)
There's a good chance you've run into Tim Lee at yard sales, making his weekend buying rounds, or maybe you've noticed his striking displays of vintage industrial wares at the Springs Fisherman's Fair or an event atMulford Farm. Antiques dealer is just one of Lee's roles; he is also an art photographer and sculptor, and has a longtime party design business. The loft-like house he designed for himself in Springs is, he says, "like a prop shop." This week, journalist/blogger Cara Greenberg talks with Lee about his extraordinary eye and wide-ranging endeavors.
You're a photographer as well as an antiques dealer, an event designer, a lighting designer, and general creative genius. I'm assuming you have an art background?
Not really. I studied liberal arts at Old Westbury and had Lisette Model as a fine art photography teacher at Parsons. But I worked for ten years in commercial photography, shooting catalogues. I never considered that art.
How long have you lived in Springs? Did you grow up in the area?
My parents bought a house here in '53, when I was born. I spent every summer of my life here. I have childhood friends here; I don't have childhood friends in the city. Between here and Mott Street in Chinatown, it was an amazing upbringing: from the tour bus scene in Chinatown to Maidstone Park, which was dirt roads. I've been here full-time for twelve years. I have a 22-year-old and a 20-year-old; I moved out here to raise them.
What are you most excited about now?
What I'm doing now are shell sculptures as specimens, then photographing them, and sculptures made of vintage dolls-head molds. Those are the most fun. They're mounted on casters and spin on metal bases. I like taking things that are already made, mounting and presenting them. An eel rake mounted on a piece of recycled teak becomes a sculpture." - Tim Lee (1953 - 2013)
Tim Lee (1953 - 2013)
Taken in the window of Neoteric Gallery, Amagansett , NY
Jan Lee, a New York native, is a furniture designer/maker. He has a B.S. in business management from Green Mountain College in Vermont. Jan studied pottery and sculpture at the LaGuardia High School in NYC, and continued it throughout his college career. He founded Sinotique, a home furnishings and antiques store in 1992, and has had a studio in DUMBO since 1995. Jan Lee's career in the Asian home furnishing and antiques retail market heavily influences his own furniture designs. His custom furniture always hints at Eastern design sensibilities while remaining modern and accessible for today's environments. Jan's studio is located at 70 John.
Solid oak library display cabinet
Solid oak library display cabinet made after I discovered two antique oak framed glass doors lying in the gutter while walking in Manhattan.
live edge Cherry wood console for a Manhattan apartment