Kuo-Wei Lin is an installation artist, whose artistic focus lays on the relationship of nature and public space. He constructs an amplification of everyday experience by creating an absurd juxtaposition in ordinary life, in order to experience détournement.
The transience of Lin’s life as a long-term Taiwanese expatriate constantly influences his observations. Born in 1982 in Taiwan, Kuo-Wei Lin moved to Paris in 2000 and enrolled at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon in 2002. After attending the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig in 2005, he earned a Master of Art degree from Chelsea College of Art in London in 2007. In 2010, he participated in projects at the Institute für Kunst im Kontext, Universität der Künste Berlin, and in 2012 he earned his Master degree at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee.
Lin’s works explore, articulate, reform, and give certain accents to contradictory spaces in relation to social topology and his individual experience of displacement. With material taken from public spaces for his work, he attempts to reconfigure relationships and connections intervened in those materials and our visions of it, forming ambivalent questions about the experiences of daily life. ‘The core of my work is to echo the complexity of context and specificity of materials, intending to rearrange those physical, tactile experiences’, as the artist states. He tries to understand the odd in the ordinary and the insignificant in the monumental by decoding and reconstructing the context.
Lin’s installation work from 2013, titled Jungle gym, exemplifies his aim as an artist to change and reconfigure object’s primal function, giving this newly created construction different meaning in a divergent context. The work shifts the original function of triangle to a public-fence like form, similar to a spatial model, symmetric and geometrical. By multiplying triangles as an architectural module, Lin assembles them one unto another, creating a rigorous structure suspend in space. Artist’s intentions are to experience an ambivalent constellation, a silence instrument.
Lin has exhibited his works in several group shows worldwide, most often in Germany, France and Taiwan. The most recent display of his works was at the Taipei Biennial, in 2014.