Above Image – Lee Triming performing. Image source – http://www.rca.ac.uk/schools/school-of-fine-art/painting/student-stories/lee-triming/
RCA Graduate, Lee Triming was the guest speaker at this week’s Gravity Lecture. His practice began in drawing but is now based on writing and performance, process orientated.
Triming began the lecture by presenting a video of William Wegman’s, ‘Two Dogs & Ball’ as seen below:
The audience watches the video of two dogs reacting to seeing a ball, the viewer reacts by following the dogs as they search for the ball, to me this sets the tone of the lecture; reacting to reaction.
He proceeded to present his first work, ‘Miss Hamilton’s Mayhem’. This was a performative piece where he recited words relating to the title, unfortunately I was unable to catch what he was saying in my notes but he took the roll as a narrator reading out a script/book. Triming finished his performance and showed the above image of Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street next to Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West from the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. He explained the root of the performance by showing a news headline, ‘Wicked Witch to drop broom on Sesame Street’.
The article (see below) explained that from episode 847 of Sesame Street, that featured the Wicked Witch was only aired once as it was labelled ‘too frightening’ for children and after receiving numerous complaints the episode was never aired again. Triming’s performance was an attempt of making a narrative of the actual episode. His interest in this was from both the characters as they were both aesthetically green and both embodied negativity. It also interested him that it was impossible to find the episode anywhere now, adding the idea of curiosity and never knowing, leaving it all to imagination, which in fact is quite reflective of Wegman’s ‘Two Dogs & Ball’, both the dogs are curious, yet the audience are left to only imagine what the dogs are looking at (if the title was absent). I really like how Triming reacted to the reaction this way in that he saw there was an absence (video of episode) and then created his own to resolve the curiosity he had, very willing knowing he would never see the banned episode.
The lecture continued as Triming began to discuss how artwork can create another artwork, he presented this theory with his experience in a gallery where he witnessed that a print that was semi pornographic wasn’t allowed to be shown unless it had curtains around it restricting its access but it was presented with the curtains around it, however left open thus changing the context of the work from what it was before.
Triming concluded the lecture with another performance piece where he read as fast as he could without pausing, this lasted for about a minute which was very tense and impressive, I was actually holding my own breath waiting for him to slip up which impressively he didn’t which was extremely admirable but the aspect I loved was that Triming did this with the sign language signer stood next to him keeping up with the speed which for me added to Trimings performance and it was very reflective of what he had previously said how one artwork can create another artwork as this wasn’t a planned piece, he hadn’t arranged for the signer to be present but it just shows how true his statement was.
Overall, I really enjoyed this lecture; it was very informative and included a lot of revelations. I’m not sure if Triming planned or predicted how the lecture was going to relate to his previous works, if this was intentional or not however it was so interesting and the work he presented was really effective, a lecture I can really say that I was enthralled from start to end.
Lee Triming – http://www.rca.ac.uk/students/lee-triming-show/