LIN Xue 林穴: song (pine) 松
LIN Xue, Untitled (2018. 7 PInes) , 2018, ink on paper, 72.5 x 35.5 cm each, 81.5 x 44.5 cm framed, set of 7
20 October - 17 November 2018
Opening: Saturday, 20 October 2018, 4-7 pm
Instead of using traditional ink brushes, LIN employs sprigs of bamboo to depict a series of delicate pinetrees. The exhibition showcases a collection of pinetrees in different countenances; they are all painted from observations Lin has made over the years, including pinetrees he has seen in real life and those he has seen depicted in art. The largest piece is three metres tall and took over two years to create.
In Analects, Confucius wrote, "Only after winter comes do we know that the pine and the cypress are the last to fade". In Chinese tradition, the pine has always been a symbol of eternity and unwavering integrity, and has therefore been a very common motif in Chinese paintings. Lin connects ancient and modern eras through the immortal image of pinetrees, referencing Wen Zhengming, one of the four great masters of the Ming dynasty. He has taken pinetrees out of their primary context to foreground their vigour and employed contemporary techniques to reinterpret trees in ancient paintings.
The 16 pieces in the series depict a journey that meanders through ancient and modern, fiction and fact, offering us a new perspective from which to examine a wild profusion of pinetrees in their thousands of postures.