Revised Maps of the Present: Timothy Robert Smith @ Lancaster MOAH

May 12, 2018 - Jul 15, 2018MOAH Lancaster, Lancaster, California

The Museum of Art in History in Lancaster, California  (MOAH Lancaster) is set to open a special exhibition, "The Forest For the Trees," featuring a solo exhibition by Constance Mallinson and site specific installations by artists Timothy R. Smith and High & Dry, a collaboration between Osceola Refetoff and Christopher Langley. Today, we take a look at the installation work of Timothy Robert Smith, entitled Revised Maps of the Present, a fully immersive work made from oil on wood with latex sculpture, LED lights and video. The show will be on view from May 12—July 15, 2018. 

Revised Maps of the Present is a multi-room interactive installation that combines painted walls, sculpted figures, lights, sound and video projections. The installation begins with the scene of a train station in a city. As the observer moves through the installation, layers of reality disconnect and unfold into a labyrinth of warped angles, hidden spatial dimensions and alternative versions of the present. The installation aims to simulate a present moment as if one were to view it from all perspectives at once.

The installation as seen here at MOAH is the first incarnation of this exhibit. With each new installment hereafter, Revised Maps of the Present will reconfigure and expand with added rooms and features. Timothy Robert Smith invites the viewer to reexamine the world without their familiar mental filter and to see again as a child sees: enormous, mysterious and full of possibilities.