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Tim Lee

Cohan and Leslie

“Party for Your Right to Fight”—a mocking inversion of the hedonistic Beastie Boys rallying cry “Fight for Your Right to Party”—is the title of a key track on Public Enemy’s peerless 1988 album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. In his two-channel video Party for Your Right to Fight, Public Enemy, 1988 (all works 2006), Korean-born, Vancouver-based artist Tim Lee enacts his own, doubled inversion: On each of the two monitors, we see the artist, shot in close-up and spinning like a record on twin decks while reciting the song’s lyrics. The two channels are out of sync, and, adding to the sense of disorientation, the images are inverted—Lee is upside down. The direct reference to Bruce Nauman’s video installation Anthro-Socio, 1992, is intentionally transparent: Each and every work in this, Lee’s second solo outing at Cohan and Leslie, mashes up the oeuvre of the influential

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