Michael Lin is known for expanding ornamentation, nurtured by tradition within daily life, into unorthodox environments. For Towada Art Center he developed his work in a rest area with a 9m ceiling. The piece, however, is not hung on the wall, but rather unfolds under your feet. Lin is active internationally, perhaps best known for his wall and floor paintings featuring traditional flower patterns appropriated from everyday textiles. Here, he presents a collage of floral patterns inspired by Nambu Weaving, a traditional craft of Towada City. By cleverly creating a slight gap between the wall and the edges of the piece, Lin’s work creates an awareness of the architecture as contextual frame. The piece appears to be a carpet. Lin’s work is often described in terms of creating intimate spaces where visitors can relax. For Lin art thus exists in our daily lives, within familiar environments rather than as rarified objects that are to be displayed. To be completed by the audience, Lin’s work is conceived as relational. His projects are often installed in public spaces, such as tennis courts, skateboard ramps and museum cafes, where the work is contextualized in the social interactions that take place in these spaces.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1964. Graduated from ArtCenter College of Design. Lives and works in Brussels, Shanghai, and Taipei.