Tim Best: Flash

AUGUST 8 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2020

Liliana Bloch Gallery announces the opening of FLASH, a new solo exhibition by Tim Best. Continuing his exploration of gender fluidity, Best takes us on an epic photographic journey. Feelings of 70’s reminiscence are imbued in Best’s choice of medium: The Polaroid camera, which heydays concurred with the artist’s first recollections of sexual awakening.

Departing from the classic photographer/model relationship, Best explores the power of the male gaze, defined by Laura Mulvey as deriving sexual pleasure from looking at the passive female object. The story in FLASH begins with the photographer projecting his gaze on the model, and then suddenly turning it onto the photographer, turning him from subject to object.

FLASH represents the sexual pleasure men enjoy from looking at a passive female yet disturbs it as the artist reverses power roles. This action transforms, transfixes, and critiques the complexities of the masculine in photography. The resulting images are a mix of video, instant film, and medium format photography revealing an intimate, visual dialogue between model and photographer.

Tim Best is a lens-based artist exploring ideas of gender and power using the language of portraiture and performance art. Best graduated from the Meadows School of the Arts full fellowship graduate program at Southern Methodist University in 2014. Over the years Tim’s work has been selected for events such as Slideluck Dallas. Later he was nominated by the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas for their inaugural FUNd Grant in 2015, and the Artpace International Artist in Residence in San Antonio, Texas. Tim has completed 2 artist residencies in Berlin. He was first selected to attend a session at the Institut für Alles Mögliche and Picture Berlin where he spoke about his work. Tim has exhibited and published work in the US, Berlin, and the UK. His video work entitled “Poser” was selected to screen at the Dallas VideoFest Medianale 2 and the Berlin Porn Film festival in 2019. In the summer of 2020, “Poser” will screen at the Artlake Film Festival outside Berlin. Later in 2020, his videos “Change” and “Look Like Me” will screen at the Vienna Porn Film Festival and “Poser” will screen at the San Francisco Porn Film Festival.

This exhibition is not suitable for children and will be open to the public by appointment, continuing our protocol of safety measures. Masks will be required to enter the gallery. Face shields can be provided by request.

Tim Best is a lens-based artist exploring ideas of gender and power using the language of portraiture and performance art. Best graduated from the Meadows School of the Arts full fellowship graduate program at Southern Methodist University in 2014. Over the years Tim’s work has been selected for events such as Slideluck Dallas. Later he was nominated by the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas for their inaugural FUNd Grant in 2015, and the Artpace International Artist in Residence in San Antonio, Texas. Tim has completed 2 artist residencies in Berlin. He was first selected to attend a session at the Institut für Alles Mögliche and Picture Berlin where he spoke about his work. Tim has exhibited and published work in the US, Berlin, and the UK. His video work entitled “Poser” was selected to screen at the Dallas VideoFest Medianale 2 and the Berlin Porn Film festival in 2019. In the summer of 2020, “Poser” will screen at the Artlake Film Festival outside Berlin. Later in 2020, his videos “Change” and “Look Like Me” will screen at the Vienna Porn Film Festival and “Poser” will screen at the San Francisco Porn Film Festival.

2020-09-18T13:26:58-06:00July 30th, 2020|Past Exhibition, Tim Best|

A Posteriori

A Posteriori

JUNE 20TH – AUGUST 1ST, 2020

Liliana Bloch Gallery is excited to announce the opening of its new location at 4741 Memphis Street, in the Design District, with a group exhibition entitled A Posteriori. This exhibition aims to open an honest conversation about how the current world health crisis has affected, threatened, and challenge every aspect of our present and future life as we know it. The full roster of participating artists is: Nathalie Alfonso in collaboration with Edison Peñafiel, Tim Best, Sean Cairns, Alicia Eggert, Ann Glazer, Ryan Goolsby, Alicia Henry, Letitia Huckaby, Vince Jones, Kathy Lovas, Shawn Mayer, Leigh Merrill, Bogdan Perzyński, Bret Slater, Pedro Vélez, and Sally Warren.

This exhibition will be open to the public by appointment, following a strict protocol of safety measures. Masks will be required to enter the gallery. 

A virtual opening party will be held on Saturday, June 20th. We will announce more regarding our virtual opening soon. During the run of this exhibition, the gallery will also have a corresponding interview program that will feature national and international guests that will serve as a platform to discuss the pandemic as well as other congruent themes that are relevant to our current state. The gallery would like to stress that we are aware and sympathize with the financial instability many of us are dealing with, so participant artists have been given the option to submit work that reflects the difficulty of artmaking during current conditions. Despite this, the work presented aims to be received as a pure sentiment, in solidarity with all those who have been affected by the pandemic.

We are excited to be back, albeit under the most unusual circumstances, and we look forward to adapting to uncertainty while maintaining the same level of quality and service we have always aspired to. We trust that our patrons, collectors, local art organizations join us as we explore different ways of supporting artists and the arts community.

Hear My Words That I Might Teach You

Hear My Words That I Might Teach You

MAY 13TH – MAY 31ST, 2020

A group survey featuring works evoking concepts of time, solitude, & reflection.

“Hear My Words That I Might Teach You,” a reference to Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” is an online exhibition proudly presented by Liliana Bloch Gallery. The exhibition is a survey of the gallery’s diverse roster through a selection of works that evoke concepts of time, solitude, and reflection.

As we collectively navigate through new struggles, “Hear My Words That I Might Teach You” advocates for introspection. During a time where altruism is more important than ever, the works featured in this exhibition aim to exist as imperative reminders of the importance of caring.

Featured Artists: Nathalie Alfonso, Myra Barraza, Tim Best, Alicia Eggert, Ann Glazer, Ryan Goolsby, Lynne Harlow, Alicia Henry, Letitia Huckaby, Vince Jones, Kathy Lovas, Shawn Mayer, Leigh Merrill, Bogdan Perzynski, Bret Slater, Simón Vega, Pedro Vélez, Sally Warren.

The Demented Goddess

Liliana Bloch Gallery • Press

The Demented Goddess

I call this my mask: Tim Best’s Poser Project

Liliana Bloch became an American resident in 2001, after leaving her native El Salvador. An economist by training, she entered the art world in Dallas, where, less than five years ago, she opened the Liliana Bloch Gallery in the Design District. Her shows are often daring

The Demented Goddess, self-described as, “a polysexual, multi-cultural online magazine, dedicated to the untamed feminine in contemporary and forgotten cultures” has conducted an interview with our very own, Tim Best as part of their 19th issue. His photography also accompanies other studies in the issue.

“Tim Best is an artist currently based in Dallas.  His work, in film and photography, shown across the U.S. and in Berlin, subverts the male gaze, looking at what happens when a male photographer is turned into a sexual object.  Here, Tim shares  photographs and film stills from his Poser Project and discusses hitting a nerve with men trying to play themselves.”

Read the full interview here.

Read more about Tim Best here.

 

2020-07-06T13:11:38-06:00September 18th, 2019|Press, Tim Best|

Tim Best is Berlin Bound

Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Liliana Bloch Gallery is proud to announce that Tim Best has been accepted into a residency with Das Institut für Alles Möglich in Berlin from November to December 2017! The space is in the Wedding neighborhood of the city, north of Kreuzberg, the artistic heart of the city. It has a storefront with an apartment in back. 

As Tim is bound for Berlin, he is bound to Dallas physically, emotionally and financially. The gallery is holding a fundraiser to help Tim overcome the gravity of his finances so that he can take advantage of this opportunity to work on his project FLASH in Berlin. 

We will have T-SHIRTS available for pre-sale and at the event. We are offering 8″ x 8″ unique ARTIST PROOFS of Tim’s previous work, printed on museum grade fiber based paper. Tim will also be the subject of a Shibari style BONDAGE performance with Dallas-based Bondage Educator James Nawashi founder of Dallas Kink and Denver Kink. 

FLASH will be a collection of photographs that reveal and revive memories of the past using bodies and objects in different locations. It is a realization that the distant memories behind these situations can never be recaptured with photography. In the face of this dystopian reality, Best creates something else entirely revealed by the camera and its flash. 

Join us in celebrating Tim’s send off Saturday, May 20th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO ROOM, BOARD AND TRAVEL EXPENSES TO BERLIN.

Read more about Tim Best here.
2019-04-05T20:46:22-06:00May 4th, 2017|Events, News, Tim Best|

Polished

October 15 – November 12, 2016

Tim Best’s Polished series is titled by the artist after the double entendre referring to oral sex. Best’s work is based on what he calls Gender Logic: a hierarchy of biological and social characteristics of appearance that constitute gender in our society. He rearranges these visual characteristics to defy social expectations of gender appearance of the body. Best feels that the traditional roles of Photographer and Model embody this established logic where the photographer assumes all power through his or her gaze. This power is not transmitted to the viewer in this series as faces and body parts are rubbed out of the print echoing E. J. Bellocq’s The Storyville Photographs that simultaneously wince and wink at the sexual desire in these images. Finally, the artist puts himself in the shoes of the model with makeup as a gesture of empathy for the vulnerability of the model.

Tim Best’s lens-based images begin to whittle away at the strident hierarchies of gender, power, and desire within the spectator. Best is careful to implement various thematic intersections: the cinematic yet the denial of the scopophilic, the psychological and the natural world. Series such as Love Letters (2015), Polished (2015-16), and CRUSH (2014-15) incorporate jarring physical acts of violence on the surface of the photographs, be it aggressive rubbing to the point of surface penetration, the surgical rejoining of crumpled prints, or careful incisions that reveal the presence of language beneath. Unsettling not only due to the images’ generally depopulated or lonely locales, Best also provokes the viewer to make a judgment call: male or female, sexual deviance or abuse, obsessive or adoring. These relationships complicate the narrative construction of gender, power, and desire in Best’s work due to constraints placed on the outflow of information. Viewers are left in an uncomfortable place beyond visual and behavioral codes however the burden of responsibility lingers.

– Lauren Richman, PhD Candidate in Art History at Southern Methodist University

pictured above: Tim Best, Tithed Tulip Minty, 2015, archival inkjet print, 48”w x 48”h (framed)

Read more about Tim Best here.
2019-04-04T18:56:45-06:00October 15th, 2016|Exhibitions, Past Exhibition, Tim Best|