Knoxville, TN | Photography
Paul Lee’s video and photography has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Detroit, San Antonio and Vladivostok, Russia. His work is included in numerous private and public collections. He was the recipient of many grants and awards, including a Senior Research Fellowship to China from the National Endowment for the Humanities and two Rockefeller Foundation Travel Grants. He also received artist residencies from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Paul Lee teaches at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received his Master of Fine Art degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, an A.B. from Hamilton College, New York. In addition, he is a graduate of United World College of the Atlantic, earning an International Baccalaureate. Lee has over twenty five years of teaching experience at the university level. He has also lectured on his work at many institutions of higher education in the US, Hong Kong, Macau and China.
Do security camera and other safety imaging devices (such as the full body scanners) make us feel more secure? Or are their detailed and time-stamped freeze frame images faithful witnesses to the aftermath of violent events? This series of digital collages are inspired by images of violence captured on security cameras. As the images attempt to reveal the hidden identity of the perpetrators they also mask the fear that we all have come to accept in our daily lives.
The working title for my current body of work is "Designs for Walls, Screens, Curtains and Other Security Blankets." The series attempts to address the omnipresence of security surveillance cameras and how they desensitize our concerns for civil liberty.