Michael Lin is an artist living and working in Taipei, Shanghai, and Brussels. ‘‘Lin turns away from painting as an object of contemplation toward one of painting as a bounded, physical space, one we can settle into and inhabit’’ (Vivian Rehberg). Lin orchestrates monumental painting installations that re-conceptualize and reconfigure public spaces.
Using patterns and designs appropriated from traditional Taiwanese textiles his works have been exhibited in major institutions and international Biennials around the world, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2007, UCCA, Beijing, 2008, The Lyon Biennial 2009, The Vancouver Art Gallery, 2010, and most recently at the Singapore Biennial and the Towada Art Center.
Transforming the institutional architecture of the public museum, his unconventional paintings invite visitors to reconsider their usual perception of those spaces, and to become an integral part of the work, giving meaning to its potential as an area for interaction, encounter, and re-creation.
About the Collection
“My work relates more to architecture than painting.There’s a certain distance between a viewer and a painting on the wall, whereas I like having people “in” my work.
When Bernardaud asked if I was interested in doing the project, I found that changing scale was a real challenge.
But I really wanted to work on plates that could be used every day and would establish a connection between people at the table. That’s what my works do: they bring people together in urban spaces.
I like the idea of accessibility. The point of departure for all of my projects is traditional Taiwanese textiles. This reflects my relationship with the traditions of my country and to Taiwan’s situation vis a vis the world and China.”