by Gerry Mak in New Art on Monday 28 September 2009

One of the last exhibitions I saw in Beijing before I returned to the States from living there was a solo show by Lin Tianmiao. I wished I had seen more of her work earlier in my time living in China, as it would have helped me stay positive about the mostly shallow and confused art scene there that was at the time propped up by sleazy, orientalist gallerists from Europe. I’m sure things have changed a lot since I left, but Lin’s sculptures and installations made an impression on me with their evocative usage of gendered and delicate materials in bold, large-scale, and tactile ways. Lin’s work had a fully-rendered clarity about them that I found lacking in other contemporary Chinese art, which I mostly found derivative and one-dimensional.
lin tianmiao
lin tianmiao