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Simon Lee, The Purpose of all Travel

Roebling Hall (Chelsea)
606 West 26th Street, 212-929-8180
January 11 - February 10, 2007
Reception: Thursday, January 11, 6 - 8 PM
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The show will include photographic and video work made while touring his Bus Obscura project around the world.

Two new sets of photographs Bus Windows and StoryBoards have their genesis from the Bus Obscura (1000 pinhole cameras in an city bus moving through a neighborhood, projecting the real-time street life to the audience sitting inside). StoryBoards presents photographic evidence of all the places that the bus has traveled (Miami, New York, Kampala, Pittsburgh, London…) with each destination given a storyboard of upside down, mirrored images. A documentary of Bus Obscura in Kampala, Uganda will be playing in the gallery.

Bus Windows reverses the gaze of the Bus Obscura and looks from the outside in – an investigation of life aboard ordinary city buses in Athens, London and Berlin. What is revealed are emotive portraits of anonymous commuters. “The visages all have a tale to tell, however mundane. It’s hard to look away.” – Anne Tschida Art Burst

Also on view will be two new video works: Fireball made from Bus Obscura footage with a sound track of people singing the theme song from a 1960’s British puppet show; and Round the Block a circumnavigation of a market place in Masindi, Uganda set to orginal limericks.
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