Lin Fei Fei
December 10th, 2022 — February 11th, 2023
Friday December 9th, 2022 5:00-8:00pm
Cavernous Perspectives explores the full scope of humanity and what lies beneath. The works presented challenge the common representation of a collective consciousness that is overly binary or morally pat. The portraits of both Gregory Malphurs and Lin Fei Fei offer viewers the opportunity to reflect on the complexity of the human experience as a whole. Cecy Colichon’s conceptual abstraction and non-corporeal creations foster an associative atmosphere for the observer to ponder their own cavernous subconscious.
A mix of collage and painting in Malphurs’ emotionally charged and fragmented portraits use deconstruction to create a world that holds comfort around ambivalence and recognizes a universal bond of personal struggle. Lin’s ethereal portraits also live in the acceptance of darkness. As faces surface from an abyss into a clear forefront, from shadow to light, they bring facets of mankind deemed taboo to gleam.
This emerging movement takes on a multi-dimensional form in Colichon’s works, often a visual representation of music or sounds, and provides a vehicle for thought and transportation to other realms. The showcased pieces bring the intricacy of mortals to the palm of one’s hand as they journey the viewer from self to the unified ethos, then, with a new understanding, back to self.
Lin Fei Fei
Lin Fei-Fei was born in Dailan, China during the Year of the Rabbit, a fortune teller predicted that she would be a boy. Her family was dismayed when Fei arrived in this world a girl, one of many times she would defy expectations. With the one-child law, Chinese families pinned all their hopes for future prosperity on having boys. The neighbors had one boy each and even offered to trade babies.
Lin immediately felt this disappointment and tried to fashion herself into the boy her family wanted, but she was urged toward typical girl behaviors. Drawing and painting offered her a haven: she could remake the world, tell her own truth. From an early age, her family recognized Lin’s talent and drive, putting as many educational opportunities in front of her as possible. She excelled, eventually completing her Master’s in Oil Painting at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts. This led to her participation in exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States, where she ultimately relocated.
Lin’s imaginative process spans a broad vocabulary that utilizes traditional techniques in painting and paper cut-out, graff-style street murals, and installations. She has contributed to mixed media collaborations alongside musicians, writers, fashion designers, and virtual reality artists. As with all her art, Lin is driven by unearthing difficult truths, both cultural and personal. She’s drawn to concepts taboo in Chinese culture, e.g. sexuality and mortality, seeing it as her job to bring these core human experience into the light.
Lin Fei-Fei’s work hangs in collections at the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo National Art Academy, Blue Roof Art Museum, Wang Shi Kuo Art Foundation, Eland Foundation, Laforet Summer Vacation Project in Italy, and numerous private galleries and collections. In 2016, she was selected as one of ten “Contemporary Chinese Artists of the Future” by the Wang Shi Kuo Art Foundation in Beijing, China.
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