The Island (House)
Tim Hyde

50 x 60 inches
pigment print on plexiglass
© the artist 2012

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The Skull Sessions No. 2

The Skull Sessions No. 1




Project Description: 

The series begins with a story about a small island in the Pacific Ocean. The island was the site of a shipwreck in the 1950s that set off a series of geopolitical disputes. These conflicts, combined with the cultural shifts of the early twentieth century, resulted in human evacuation and subsequent replacement by large colonies of sea mammals. The animals have since moved into a house abandoned by the island’s former human inhabitants and established their own strict social order within the ruins. The only human presence on the island for more than two decades has been that of a solitary government ranger, whom Hyde photographed on the last day of his assignment there. As a site where apparent failures have become a generative force to yield unexpected successes, Hyde uses the island as a case study in which to activate relationships between time, architecture, and the expanded field of photography.

Tim Hyde’s work has been featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Ar/ge Kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano, Italy; the de Young Museum, San Francisco CA; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; Sculpture Center, New York City; the Busan Biennale in Busan South Korea; and the Rose Museum at Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts, among others. His work is also included in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; The Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas; the Margulies Collection, Miami, Florida, and the Pilara collection in San Francisco California. Hyde received an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University in 2005. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2007 and received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award during the same year. As an undergraduate Hyde studied history at Vassar College and at the Universidad Catolica in Valparaiso Chile. Tim lives and works in New York City.