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Tim Thyzel

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1. (top left) 2. (bottom left) and 3. (right)
1. (top left) 2. (bottom left) and 3. (right)
IMAGE DESCRIPTION :1. Tiles, 2001, tiles and soap. 2 - Tiles, 2001, tiles and mixed media, various dimensions. 3. - Endless Column, 2001, sanitary ceramics, approx. 14 ft. 4. - Moveable Park, 1999, framed C print of installation view, edition of 6, 11 x 8.5 in. 5. - Barricade Bench Project, (installation view in NYC), wood and plastic 40 x 72 x 30 in. All image © Cynthia Broan gallery.

On ‘Tiled‘, his recent set of bathroom sculptures, the artist is as articulate, always making sure, however, that the narrative can be found within the work itself rather than outside of it. Even knowledge of anecdotal evidence - like the unused washcloth given to Tim by his mother, which has found its appropriate application dangling from one of the sculptures - might not be of much help. Thyzel himself refers to each member of his new ensemble as a ‘Bathroom Brancusi,’ echoing the latter's formal vocabulary and even providing an ‘Endless Column’ of toilet bowls, initially conceived in 1993. Decades before, Louise Norton had dubbed art history's first signed sanitary object - no other than Marcel Duchamp's urinal ‘Fountain’ - to be the ‘Buddha of the Bathroom.’ The same year, incidentally, in which artists Morton Schamberg and Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven conspired to declare a mounted plumbing trap to be a sculpture entitled ‘God.’- Thomas Girst, NYC 2001. Extracts taken from exhibition catalog ‘Tiles - Tim Thyzel’. Biography and essay by Thomas Girst. Please visit galley website for more details.

Barricade Bench Project, 2002 - The first time I saw one of Tim Thyzel's benches (reconfigured orange-and-white-striped roadblocks) I didn't think art, I thought design solution. The second time I saw one, again on a New York sidewalk, I was with a group of artists, and we wondered why the city, which must have been mass-producing the benches for construction workers, wasn't concerned about their taking excessive breaks. When I finally discovered the benches were an art project, I hoped the City of New York would commission Thyzel to supply every borough with an endless supply. The artist would be rich, and the labor force would have seats on which to discuss the progress of their work, the beautiful passerby, and sports, of course. City agencies rarely recognize the functional applications of art, so for now the benches are a temporary project one I would love to see made permanent. Article by Jason Middlebrook , Artforum, February, 2003.

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