LIN TIANMIAOReaction, 2018, arc panel structure, vibrating floor, liquid circulation system, dripping device, pulse machine and sound speakers, 334 × 334 × 339 cm. Installation view of “Systems” at Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Rockbund Art Museum. 


Lin Tianmiao

In the 1970s and ’80s, Chinese avant-garde artists showed their work in apartment spaces to evade intervention by government authorities. As part of this Apartment Art generation, Lin Tianmiao is known for her intensely introspective installations that examine body and identity through thread-winding: an intuitive and labor-intensive practice that involves “binding” objects in multiple layers of thread. The visceral installations connect what we imagine to be individual emotions, attitudes and feelings to reveal shared sociohistorical conditions. After three decades of textile-based creations and a life between Beijing and New York, Lin’s new works of glass and motors, presented in her solo exhibition at Shanghai’s Rockbund Art Museum (RAM), indicated how the artist has shifted gears, developing a new visual system within which she can reorient existing conceptual interests.

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