| Lin Yilin, A Kind of Machine
Called "Liberation", Video of performance,
8 minutes, 2003.Venue: Asia Society, November
7, 2004 to Saturday, March 13, 2004.
6, 2004. 6:00-8:00 pm.
19, 2004. 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Ise Cultural Foundation Gallery, 555 Broadway, Basement
Floor, New York, NY 10012[Between Prince/Spring
Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon-6pm.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, February 14, 2004.
Admission Policy: Unless otherwise noted, all events
are free and open to the public.
Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and
open to the public.
ISE CULTURAL FOUNDATION is pleased to present the
exhibition, "Move On : Lin Yilin", featuring
works by Lin Yilin. Move On : Lin Yilin
features an installation, paintings, and the video
works of the artists performance. These works
will address Lins use of brick as a concept
of individual expressive means of production, in contrast
to the geometrical dictated result. Here an installation
meets a performance as they converge into the spatial
practice of artistic production. The expressive production
reveals how the mechanical technology of architecture
can be used to evoke the artists cultural identity
in material form. This architectural form signifies
how the practice of art reveals human existences through
such social issues as population.
These artworks introduce the artist, Lin Yilin to
American viewers, and provide the first opportunity
to explicate to them the relation between contemporary
Chinese art and modern China, through the dynamic
hybrid of installation, performance, and video art.
Lin Yilin first established his reputation in the
field of international contemporary art in the early
1990s, as a founding member of Big Tailed Elephant,
an art group based in Guangzhou, China. During this
period, he produced installation, public art, and
performance to express his radical take on Guangzhous
spatial transformation from feudal to modern. His
works exemplifies the living reality in major cities
in China, and formulates the essential form of the
geometrical construction. He moved to the States in
2001, and his exposure to a new culture raises some
important issues for contemporary Chinese art. The
installation he plans for the ISE Cultural Foundation
will reflect upon this concern over cultural identity
and boundary crossing, and we can realize how the
contemporary Chinese artists self-expression
reflects upon cultural flux through various aesthetic
His works on view in the exhibition basically interpret
the interesting dialogue between architectural transformation
and technical production, and examine this conversation
under the social and political frame of what we can
call modern China. The architectural practices
developed over the current past reflect Chinas
modernization and urbanization under Western influence.
This emerging phenomenon provides a wonderful opportunity
for us to explore the ambiguous relationship between
productive means and social evolution. Lins
concept of art draws upon this critical issue in contemporary
China, and examines how the aesthetic practice of
art interacts with the transformation of social reality
in the global society.
The show is curated by Shin-Yi Yang, the New York
based art curator and critic. He has curated shows
in New York, Shanghai, and Beijing. He recently curated
a show on the theme of migrant works in Beijing in
2003. The show was organized by UNESCO, Beijing office.
He is also a contributing art writer for NY Art Magazine.
He is completing a Ph. D. dissertation on the cultural
development of Chinese electronic art in the 1990s
at Cornell University.
As part of this exhibition, Slide talk will be held
by the artist on Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 6:00-8:00
Please contact Ise Cultural Foundation Gallery for
additional information .