Born in the 1960s, Lin Yilin experienced the Cultural Revolution, the economic reforms of the 1980s, and the commercial flurry of the 1990s before moving to New York at the dawn of the new century. “Transition” has become a way of life for him, as he looks constantly for his own “I” amidst so many perspectives, and constantly contrives his own answers. Western Conceptualism and Minimalism were once an important source of inspiration for Lin Yilin (and an entire generation), allowing this generation not only to free its hands, but to free itself from certain definitions of art which were supposed to cotain the truth of art. This does not imply any sort of answer to China’s “reality,” but rather Lin Yilin’s own works grow out of Chinese “reality” in an organic process that present art-historical knowledge fails to answer.
We are interested in how this unbearable heaviness has become a part of a system of individual perception; not one that overwhelms the individual, but that releases their vital power.This is the transition of a strange personal space, achieved through the materials of reality, manifested as “works.” In Lin Yilin’s practice, art becomes a way for the individual to ransom the self, a medium by which reality can be experienced anew.
Zero Interface:Brave New World the solo project of Lin Yilin curated by Vitamin Creative Space departs from “brick”the basic vocabulary of Lin Yilin in 90′s,extends the observation of his art practices to latest photo installation and video works, to explore how Lin Yilin’s method of perception implies an attempt to transcend the self, moving toward observing and resolving life and its issues.Therefore,A new life possibility is emerging from Lin Yilin’s artistic practice. Perhaps it will answer the question of how works can grow out of China’s “reality.”
Curated by Vitamin Creative Space
Opening : 4:00 p.m. 13rd (Wednesday) September 2006
Exhibition Dates: 13rd September-31st Dec. 2006
Venue: Vitamin Creative Space,301-29hao,HengyiJie,ChigangxiLu,Guangzhou,China