Lin Yan: Dispelling the Clouds | 林延：空 – 气
February 15, 2014 – March 13, 2014 | 2014年2月15日 － 2014年3月13日
Tenri Culture Institute, 43 West 13th Street, New York, NY10011 | 天理文化中心, 西13街43号，纽约，NY10011
Fou Gallery is pleased to announce that our collaborating artist Lin Yan is going to present a solo exhibit at Tenri Culture Institute. Lin Yan: Dispelling the Clouds 空 – 气 is comprised of the artist’s ink drawings and site specific installations. Curated by Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos and Michelle Y. Loh, the show will run from February 15th through March 13th, with an Opening Reception on February 18th from 6-8 P.M.
Lin’s Dispelling the Clouds project has to do with the devastation wrought upon the environment by the rapid commercialization and industrialization after the opening up of China. There has been evidence of climatic changes along with the extinction of many species and ocean acidification as well as environmental degradation impacting its citizens’ health affecting air quality, sick building syndrome, pesticide drifts, and electromagnetic radiation especially in Beijing. Air pollution is among the most important crises on an epic scale beyond measurable scales.
Lin’s installation in the main gallery Inhale is comprised of ink drawings on Xuan paper and will be installed between the ceiling and top portion wall area. The bird image is reminiscent of flight, in its ethereal, cloudlike appearance and is lit from beneath to seem like a soft cloudy day. In the front area of Tenri, Lin has created a site specific piece Exhale that is also made of paper but that is simultaneously light and airy as it is imposing to the viewer in its curtain-like quality. Containing ink dashes and touches, its historic allusions are to calligraphy and traditional Chinese painting. Xuan paper has a long history having been invented in China in Tang Dynasty (618 – 907AD). Lin incorporates these historical elements into her post-modernist works that are made specifically for the environment and that cross the borders between fine arts and calligraphy.
Rather than caving in like many others because of her mother country’s problems, Lin chooses to offer hope with a light airy environment that although through its inky touches, references China’s environmental devastation, also reflects a brighter future and a new life being nurtured.
Read the full press release here.