The first solo project of Michael Lin at LEO XU PROJECTS explores the artist’s interest in a dialogue between the graphic, medium and social context. Transforming his signature floral pattern painting typical of local aesthetics and tradition into extensive wallpaper covering contemporary gallery space, the show starts with ideas of artistic intervention with the architectural space and fengshui, and consequently evolves into a laboratory of print-making.
Raised in Taiwan, Lin (b. 1964 in Tokyo) lives between Brussels, Shanghai and Taipei. Lin creates paintings and site-specific installations that appropriate images and products from the regional cultures and histories, and reflect upon the quotidian reality shaped by today’s cultures and policies.
Michael Lin has been included in many international museum shows and biennales, for instance, “The Spectacle of the Everyday” (Biennale de Lyon, France, 2009), “Super Fengshui” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2008), Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art (Moscow, 2007), “Notre Histoire” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2006), “Spring 2003″ (Palais de Tokyo, Site de Creation Contemporaine, Paris, 2003), “Bibliotherapy” (with Remy Markowitsch, Kuntsmuseum, Lucerne, 2003), “International:Liverpool Biennial” (Liverpool, 2002), “The Gravity of the Immaterial” (Total Museum, Seoul, 2002), 7th Istanbul Biennal (Istanbul, 2002), “The Gravity of the Immaterial” (Institute of Contemporary Art, Taipei, 2001), 49th Biennial of Venice, Taiwan Pavilion (Venice, 2001), “The Sky is the Limit” (Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2000), etc. His recent solo exhibitions include “Model Home: A Proposition by Michael Lin” (Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2012), “Michael Lin: A Modest Veil” (vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2010), “Michael Lin” (Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, 2005), among many others.