Welcome to artist Lin Aojie’s third solo exhibition “How Do Artists Make A Living” at ShanghART Gallery. This exhibition will present his most recent works including paintings, videos and texts.
Known for his casual, humorous artistic language, Lin Aojie often draws inspiration from communication with people from all walks of life, and examines the ecosystem of the art industry as well as social reality with characteristic insouciance. The Chinese title of this show, "人造人" (rén zào rén), on the one hand, refers to artificial intelligence that reflects how human beings think of themselves, and on the other hand it is about how people maintain interpersonal relationships. They both convey the theme of Lin’s new work: based on the concerns for artists’ survival, Lin Aojie attempts to set his sights on the surrounding environment of our daily lives. Through the deconstruction and reshaping of historical traditions, social issues and popular culture, he further explores the complex connections caused by repeated collisions between art and the postmodern world.
This exhibition is also transformed into a puzzle under the special arrangement of the artist. Stepping into the exhibition hall, you will see a black box composed of multiple combination locks, and only those who successfully crack all the passwords can view Lin Aojie’s latest video work. The clues are hidden somewhere within the exhibition and works, wish everyone have fun and good luck!
Lin Aojie, born in Guangzhou in 1986, graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Oil Painting Department in 2010. He lives in Guangzhou and currently works in Beijing and Shanghai. Recent exhibitions include: An Archive: Seven Trails, Taikang Space, Beijing (2020); The South Is Not an Island, OCAT Shenzhen (2020); Lin Aojie: Designers Have a Future only When They Treat Artworks as Initial Inspiration, ShanghART Shanghai Bldg.8 (2019); Very Natural Actions, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019); The Curation Workshop - Exhibition Curation and Design, OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen (2019); Night Tour of the Pearl River, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2019); Lin Aojie: Those Who Like Playing Tricks Usually Don’t Live a Good Life, ShanghART Beijing (2019) etc. He was nominated for the 2016 Art Sanya Huayu Youth Award.