Exhibitions

LIN Yan

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Exhibition Period
09 Apr 2016 - 08 May 2016
Address
ESLITE GALLERY | 5F, No. 11 Songgao Road, Taipei 11073 Taiwan
Opening Hours
3-5pm, Saturday, April 9th
 
On 9 April, ESLITE GALLERY will mount the solo exhibition of the Chinese artist in America, LIN Yan, presenting 30 works with xuan paper as the major material. This is her first solo show in Taiwan, and the exhibited works span 20 years from 1996 to date. The viewers can witness the artist's experimental progress of transforming xuan paper into a creative material. 
 
LIN Yan was born into a distinguished family of artists in Beijing in 1961. Her maternal grandfather, PANG Xunqin, and maternal grandmother, QIU Ti, were the pioneers of Chinese modern art; her parents, LIN Gang and PANG Dao, were the first artists studying in Russia and nourished by Chinese high art education. As the third generation of the family, LIN Yan has inherited their aesthetic spirit since childhood, but she was confident to establish an idiosyncratic artistic vocabulary. After graduating from The Central Academy of Fine Arts, LIN pursued further studies at L’École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1985. Then, she obtained her master's degree from the Department of Art Studio at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA. When her home country was mired in social turbulence, LIN was allowed to enjoy the freedom of creation in New York, committing herself to exploring and experimenting with the materials. 
 
The decade 1994-2004 is recognized as "the black period" of LIN's creation, during which time her works stressed the subtle gradations of the color black. As she explained, "if one can orchestrate a single color's gradations, material variations, and tonal differences very well, a monochromatic work will not be monotonous, but rather colorful." Since 2005, she has turned xuan paper into her major material and created painting sculptures with architectural characters, which expands the aesthetic domains of contemporary art. In her hands, the conventional roles of ink and paper are innovated: wrinkling, breaking, tearing, and pasting become her creative vocabulary; the tradition of five colors of ink is given new life when the light and shadow in space come into play. In her conception, when all elements are subtly orchestrated, they will resonate with one another, releasing impressive energy. "A nuance of the paper in my hand resembles a painterly stroke—it is how a work narrates itself," thus LIN Yan describes the unique tactile sensibility of paper in her work.
 
In every course of creation, she is interacting with paper's arbitrariness and elasticity. She employs the fragile material to express feelings that are firm and flexible. As in such works as To Beijing (1996-97) and Hutong (2012), paper turns into films with memory capacity, inscribed on which are her affections for her homeland, culture, and history. The paper's delicate texture articulates "what the artist considers to be true and authentic." In 2013, the environmental pollutions in her home country moved her to create Sky the massive installation, struggling for people's right to healthy breathing and expressing their aspiration for better life. Envisioning her first solo show in Taiwan, LIN Yan considers that Taiwan is "an environment familiar with the tradition of paper but not with her works; an environment that is traditional but also open and free" She hopes that the viewers can "perceive the works through the lens of their own life experiences."
 
 

LIN Yan

LIN Yan, with xuan paper and ink as her major materials, creates installations and painting sculptures equipped with architectural characters. She has innovated the conventional roles of ink and paper: wrinkling, breaking, tearing, pasting become her creative vocabulary; the tradition of five colors of ink is given new life when the light and shadow in space come into play. Black and white, firmness and softness are harmoniously juxtaposed; each quality implicates the other, like the constant negotiation of void and fullness in tai chi, or the yin-yang balance in traditional Chinese philosophy. 
 
LIN was born into a distinguished family of artists in Beijing in 1961. Her maternal grandfather, PANG Xunqin, and maternal grandmother, QIU Ti, were the pioneers of Chinese modern art; her parents, LIN Gang and PANG Dao, were the first-generation artists nourished by Chinese high art education. As the third generation of the family, LIN Yan has inherited their aesthetic spirit since childhood, but she was confident to establish an idiosyncratic artistic vocabulary. After graduating from The Central Academy of Fine Arts, LIN pursued further studies at L'École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1985. Then, she obtained her master's degree from the Department of Art Studio at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA. When her home country was mired in social turbulence, LIN was allowed to enjoy the freedom of creation in New York, committing herself to exploring and experimenting with the materials.
 
In 1994, LIN returned to Beijing, and to her dismay, the once familiar city was virtually ruined in urban modernization. The urge to respond to the changes swelled inside her. She began to cast, with paper, the partial objects of old buildings in Beijing, such as roof tiles and rivets, so as to crystalize her feelings for traditional culture in her works. To Beijing series can be viewed as her signature work at this stage. Meanwhile, she entered what would be called "the black period" of her career, when she took pains to elaborate the gradations and strength of black the color. In 2005, she creatively transformed xuan paper into her major material, expanding the aesthetic domains of contemporary art. The seemingly fragile material nonetheless enables her to express "what the artist perceives to be true and authentic." As she explained, "I use paper and ink for their ability to record intricate effects of wear and tear on the cultural and material fabric of our contemporary world, and, at the same time, to restore culture and peace within conflicts. Despite the feeling towards things lost, struggling, or being destroyed, there is also beauty, strength, hope, and persistence in these sculpted paper paintings." Her choice of material also reflects her personal philosophy: "Even though paper may endure a thousand year, it can return to the nature ultimately. Not a hint of trace left. This is how I want my life to end as well." 
 
Also interested in spatial and architectural forms, LIN has created many large site-specific installations lately. These works—sustaining the contrast between their massive appearance and their light weight and feel—embody Taoist attitude towards being and nothingness. As the art critic Zhijian Qian noted, LIN seems to raise the question through her creation: "can the visual memory of these timeless elements sustain the tradition of classical Chinese painting itself?" In the kaleidoscopic world of contemporary art, LIN Yan seizes the oldest and modest material to unfold her everlasting affections for her surroundings, culture, and history.
 

1961

Born in Beijing, China

1984

B.F.A., Department of Oil Painting, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China

1986

Atelier of Technique of Painting, L'École National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

1989

M.A., Department of Art Studio, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA

Now lives and works in New York, USA

 

 

Solo Exhibitions

2016

"Lin Yan", ESLITE GALLERY, Taipei, Taiwan

2014

"Lin Yan: Beyond Xuan", Officina, Brussels, Belgium

 

"Lin Yan: Dispelling the Clouds", Tenri Cultural Institute, New York, USA

 

"Lin Yan: Paperweight", Fou Gallery, New York, USA

2013

"Lin Yan: Embracing Stillness", Sprint Flatiron Prow Art Space, New York, USA

2012

"Lin Yan: Enshrouded", Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, USA

2009

"Lin Yan: Remaking", China Square Gallery, New York, USA

2006

"Lin Yan: Echoes in the Moment", China 2000 Fine Art, New York, USA

1996

"Lin Yan: To Beijing", Open House Exhibition, New York, USA

1991

"Lin Yan: The Beginning", Twin Cranes Gallery, Seattle, USA

1988

"Lin Yan: Tai Chi in Painting", Haas Gallery, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, USA

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015

"A Garden Window—Lin Yan & Wei Jia", Kwai Fung Hin Art Gallery, Hong Kong, China

 

"Sovrapposizioni Di Immagini", Casa Dei Carraresi, Treviso, Italy

2014

"Double Vision: The Culture China Overseas Chinese Women's Invitational Exhibition", He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China

 

"The 12th National Exhibition of Fine Arts—Mixed Media Paintings", Hebei Museum, Shijiazhuang, China

 

"Modernity 3.0 / Bridging East-West Art", 80 WSE Gallery, New York University, New York, USA

 

"Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing", Bruce Museum, Greenwich, USA

 

"Transcending Boundaries: Qin Feng, Wei Jia and Lin Yan", Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, USA

 

"Start from Tradition: Lin Yan & Wei Jia", Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, USA

2013

"New York Beijing, Here There", Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China

2012

"4th Taipei Contemporary Ink Painting Biennial", National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

 

"Art on Paper 2012: The 42nd Exhibition", Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, USA

 

"Phoenix Singing—Traveling Exhibition of Contemporary Female Art", Tree Museum, Beijing, China

 

"Vaulting Limits", Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, New York, USA

2011

"Art on Paper", Gallery North, Long Island, USA

 

"Asian Variegations", Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA

 

"2011 Paper Art Biennial", National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria

 

"Giving and Receiving: A Collaborative Exhibition of Contemporary Artists from China and the USA", CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, USA

2010

"Lin Yan + Wei Jia: Echoes from the Past", Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, USA

 

"Third Taipei International Modern Ink Painting Biennial", National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan

 

"Spring Equinox", Yuan Art Museum, Beijing, China

 

"Intertwining Layers", Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, USA

2009

"Living Ink", Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Center, New York, USA

 

"Here & Now: Chinese Artists in New York Chapter 1", Museum of Chinese in America, New York, USA

 

"Making It", 60 Wall Gallery, Deutsche Bank, New York, USA

2008

"Quiet Quest: From Realism to Abstraction", One Moon, Beijing, China

 

"Art Graduate Reunion Exhibition, Class of 1980, Studio III, Department of Oil Painting: Celebrating 90th anniversary of Central Academy of Fine Arts", Loft 3 Gallery, Beijing, China

 

"Shanghai MoCA Envisage II—Butterfly Dream", Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, Shanghai, China

 

"Cross Reference: 11 Artists from New York", Shuimu Art Space, Beijing, China

 

"Then and Now: Chinese Art from 1710 to 2007", Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, USA

 

"Chinese Gardens for Living: Illusion into Reality", The Dresden State Art Collections, Dresden, Germany

 

"The Transforming Marks of Ink", The Dresden State Art Collections, Dresden, Germany

 

"Chinese Traditions Reconfigured", Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, USA

 

"Touched by Women's Hands", Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, USA

2007

"Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennale", Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu, China

 

"Corresponding & Responding: United Exhibition of Chinese-American Artists 2007", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

 

"In and Out", 2x13 Gallery, New York, USA

 

"Language / Environment", Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, China

 

"Qi Yun: International Traveling Exhibition of Chinese Abstract Art", OCT Contemporary Art Terminal of He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen; Beijing Art Now Gallery, Beijing; Artist Commune, Hong Kong, China; China Square, New York, USA

 

"Translucent, Transparent, Transported", Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, New York, USA

2006

"Visible / Invisible", One Moon Gallery, Beijing, China

 

"Chinese Contemporary Visions", Amy Simon Fine Art, Westport, USA

 

"Curators' Choice: China", Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, USA

 

"Transplant–Transculture", Wave Hill, Bronx, USA

 

"Travelers Between Cultures: Contemporary Chinese Artists in New York", Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, New Jersey, USA

 

"Trans-Boundary Experiences: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art from China, Japan and Korea", Spool Mfg, Johnson City, USA

 

"Brooklyn", Westport Arts Center, Westport, USA

 

"New Chinese Occidentalism: Chinese Contemporary Art in New York", Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, USA

2005

"Simplicity in Life", Crystal Foundation Art Gallery, New York, USA

 

"Simplicity in Life 2", William Fellows Architects, New York, USA

2003

"The Paper Chase: Creations in Paper by Four Contemporary Chinese Artists: Wei Jia, Lin Yan, Hou Wenyi and Zeng Xiaojun", China 2000 Fine Art, New York, USA

2002

"Visual Dialogue: Chinese American Artists in New York: Emily Cheng, Lin Yan, Arlan Huang and Guoqing Heaton", China 2000 Fine Art, New York, USA

 

"Yesterday and Other Stories: Changing Notions of Contemporary Chinese Landscape", Plum Blossoms Gallery, New York, USA

2000

"Art Span: Three Generations, Nine Artists in One Family", satellite show of Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, China

1999

"Art China", Limn Art Gallery, San Francisco, USA

 

"Global Roots: Artists from China Working in New York", Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA

 

"Open Salvo", White Box Gallery, New York, USA

1998

"Three Generations of Chinese Modernism –Qiu Ti, Pang Tao, Lin Yan", Soho20 Gallery, New York, USA; National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China; Art Beatus Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

1995

"Recent Paintings by Chinese-American Artists", Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, USA

 

"Man Woman Child / Husband Wife Son", Gallery Contempo, Jubilee Arts Center, New York, USA

1994

"Qi", Central Academy of Fine Arts Art Museum, Beijing, China

1991

"Second Spring: Contemporary Chinese Painting & Sculpture", University of San Diego; San Diego State University, San Diego, USA

1990

"Pang Family Painting Exhibition", Lung Men Art Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1987

"From Central Academy of Fine Arts", Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan

1985

"National Youth Art Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

1984

"Beijing City Art Exhibition", National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

1979

"1st Annual Exhibition of China Oil Painting Association", Zhongshan Park, Beijing, China

 

 

Public Collections

Museum of Contemporary Art Chengdu, Chengdu, China

Deutsche Bank, New York, USA

Long Museum, Shanghai, China

Pang Xunqin Museum, Changshu, China

Teda Contemporary Art Museum, Tianjin, China

National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

Central Academy of Fine Arts Art Museum, Beijing, China

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