b.1964 Tokyo, Japan
Michael Lin is a Taiwanese artist who works and lives in Brussels, Belgium and Shanghai, China. He was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1964, and grew up in Taiwan and America. He graduated from the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design-Los Angeles in 1990, and obtained a MFA from the Art Center College of Design-Pasadena in the year of 1993.
Lin is associated with the generation of artists who are invested in the philosophy of Relational Aesthetics, but he also concerns himself with the regional cultural topography and works in the local vernacular. He started developing a reputation in the late 1990s for his use of vast expanse of bold flowers, a visual motif that is characteristic of the endemic culture of Taiwan. His floral patterns, imitating embroideries that would typically adorn Taiwanese pillows, are inspired by the vicissitudes in the domestic and political climates of Taiwan felt by the artist when he returned to the region after many years abroad. His repetitive and ostensibly simple floralscapes, highly attuned to the Taiwanese visual vocabulary, have, however, proved to be the most politically and culturally resonant portion of his work. Lin's work has associations with architecture, as he conceives of his art not merely as a piece of flat canvas, but as a space that the viewers can interact with and within.
Place Libre 空位
9.14 - 10.30, 2013