contemporary art

Kuo-Wei Lin

Taiwan 1982


Kuo-Wei Lin
Kuo-Wei Lin
January 23, 2015

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.

Kuo-Wei Lin lives and works in Berlin and Taipei.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2014Taipei Biennial - The Great AccelerationTaipei, TaiwanGroup
2013No One River FlowsKuandu Museum of Fine Arts (KaMoFA), Taipei, TaiwanGroup
2013Collective DiaryHalProject, space Mass, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2013Berlin Art FairBerlin, GermanyGroup
2013More or LessWCW Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2012Ausgerechnet Freitag der DreizehnteAltes Kaufhaus Oranienplatz, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2012MillefeuillesInstitut français Berlin, Maison de France, GermanyGroup
2011Other Possible Worlds – Dictionary in SpaceCentre Emile Hamilius, Casino LuxembourgGroup
2011LiquidshellIAC Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011The Power to HostInternational Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP New YorkGroup
2011Hope or FailureHomeland Gallery, Portland, ORGroup
2011Metrospective 1.0PROGRAM, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010TestUferHallen, Berlin, Germany Group
2010Schnell & SchmutzigMarkthalle IX, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Art TodayLouhitalo, Eno, FinlandGroup
2010Step toward HomeDam Stuhltrager Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010ImplodedMareschstraße, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009POST.O: The Reverse of TOPOSMuseum of Contemporary Art Taipei, MOCA, TaiwanGroup
2009Import Export – Global AlienRum 46, Århus, DenmarkGroup
2009MultiplecitiesNoble & Superior Projects, Chicago, ILGroup
2009Mahn oh Mahn, 1m/minEmerson Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009Slow RevolutionKHB Foyer, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2009ZooLogicsBallhaus Ost, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Istanbul Art Fair – TüyapKoridoor Contemporary Art Programs, TurkeyGroup
2008Power of FlowerMuseum of Japanese Art and Technology, Manggha, Kraków, PolandGroup
2008Vabration LakeMinimal Gallery, Chiang Mai, ThailandGroup
2008Anyway the wind blowsArtPort Gallery, Kolonie Wedding, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008À l’ŒuvreEthernal Network, Saint-Thélo, Bretagne, FranceGroup
2007How We May BeLate at Tate, Tate Britain, London, UKGroup
2007MAFA Show 07Chelsea College of Art & Design, London, UKGroup
2007Spécial chantierENBA-Lyon, Les Subsistance, FranceGroup
2006Grammaire de la villeGoethe-Institut Lyon, FranceGroup
2006Group ShowMark Lewis and Astrid Klein studio, HGB Rundgang, Leipzig, GermanyGroup