TSAI KUEN-LIN


Born in Tainan in 1979, Tsai Kuen-Lin is best known for his artworks made of plastic pipes. In recent years, he has also used wood or paintings as his materials. In fact, my artistic practice is not limited to particular materials. I always choose the most appropriate material for certain subjects. The form demonstrated through these materials has shown a “process” inviting audience to take participation in. My intention is thus expressed through the process of participation. Therefore, my artworks never speak out in a direct way, but serve as media encouraging audience to feel the works and to come up with new perceptive experience through their physical awareness. In a modern society, the convenient and rapid life style created by technology has gradually alienated us from the real substance – we are gradually deprived of the substantial experiences with real persons or real physical spaces. The world we live in establishes rules and laws, which are almost like “instruction handbook,” to regulate our relationship with the world. I believe it will soon reach an extreme in the near future. However, it is not my intention to deny such a trend or to provide any suggestion. I only hope that my artworks can evoke some lost feelings or experiences that we have already forgotten.

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EDUCATION

  • 2011  MFA, Department of New Media Art, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2005  BFA, Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan

AWARDS

  • 2014  Public Participation Project of the Public Art Award, Ministry of Culture, Taiwan
  • 2013  The Arts and Humanities Research in Japan of Foreign Art Travel Project, National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2011  Selected Award, Taipei Arts Awards 2011, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2009  Arts subsidy by the Fubon Art Foundation to attend Geisai@Taiwan, Taiwan
  • 2008  Selected Award, The 6th Taoyuan Creation Award, Taoyuan County Government, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • 2004  Selected Award, Weather in My Brain Sound – The 2nd Visual Art Festival, Taiwan
  • 2004  In Focus – Out of Focus, Nominated for Best Experimental Film, The 6th Taipei Film Awards, The 6th Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan Film & Culture Association, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2003  The Film Creation Subvention for The Government Information Office, Taiwan
  • 2003  Story, Honorable Mention, The 5th Taipei Image Award, The 5th Taipei Film Festival, Taiwan Film and Culture Association, Taipei, Taiwan

SOLO EXHIBITONS

  • 2013  “Transformation of Experience”, 789 Chicken Farm, Taoyuan, Taiwan
  • 2011  “Sound Home”, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2008  “Hearing Structure”, Nanhai Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • “Art Tainan", Tayih Landis Hotel, Tainan, Taiwan
  • “Artist Fair Taiwan”, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Dream of a Better Tomorrow”, Liang Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Land up in the Ground”, Crane Gallery, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • “Inter-Vision – A Contemporary Art Exhibition Across the Strait 2013”, National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China
  • “Joy Reading Public Art Festival”, National Library of Public, Taichung, Taiwan
  • “The Islanders”, Soka Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan
  • “2011 Taipei Arts Awards”, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Art With Wind – Land Art Installation Exhibition”, Tianmu Sports Park, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Creating Spaces – The 5th Anniversary of VT”, VT Art Salon, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “The 7th Chinese Character Festival”, Confucius Temple, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Koganecho Bazaar 2010”, Yokohama, Japan
  • “Hyper-Perception”, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • “2009 Very Fun Park”, Gregory Shop, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Very Channel”, Taiwan New Arts Union, Tainan, Taiwan
  • “Easy Plastic”, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “C06 Taiwan Avant-Garde Documenta III-DO”, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan
  • “Feigning Movement”, Nanhai Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “Building/Vision”, Stock 20, Taichung, Taiwan
  • “The 6th Taipei Film Festival”, President Theatre, Taipei, Taiwan
  • “The 5th Taipei Film Festival”, SPOT – Taipei Film House, Taipei, Taiwan

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