I'm sure Tim has spent time in at least 50,000 beds by this point in his personal narrative, but that's not what this is about.
He has a film (a work of video art, if you prefer) in a group exhibition of 45 films spread across three art galleries/museums in Connecticut that opened this weekend: 50,000 Beds Tim told me about how he was flown to Hartford at some time during this past year and put up in a hotel room with the only instruction being "make a movie." I went to the opening last night here in Hartford at Real Art Ways, where I learned that Tim's film is at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT. Brent Green was also invited to make a film, and his is also at The Aldrich.
Here is an excerpt from the press release:
Question: What happens when you turn
forty-five video artists loose in forty-five
hotel rooms across the State of Connecticut?
Answer: the exhibition 50,000 Beds.
On three consecutive nights in July, at
three different art venues, the video
installation 50,000 Beds will open. This
ambitious project, the brainchild of artist
Chris Doyle, marks the first collaboration
between Connecticut’s premier contemporary
art exhibition spaces: The Aldrich
Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield,
Artspace in New Haven, and Real Art
Ways in Hartford. The three organizations
selected Doyle’s proposal for 50,000 Beds
because its scope, themes, and compelling
subject matter reflect the combined
mission of the three venues—to exhibit the
best in contemporary art.
Doyle has commissioned forty-five
different artists to make short videos, each
set in a different hotel, motel, or inn across
Connecticut. The exhibition focuses on the
hotel room as a site filled with narrative
potential. Familiar yet foreign, a hotel room
combines experiences of both intimacy
and anonymity. The short videos will show
a diverse range of artistic responses and
themes—from fiction to documentary to a
consideration of the relationship between
travelers who stay in hotels and the
laborers who work in them.