WEN in Manila
Fine Arts and Design department Guest visual artist Wen Tsao Lin delivered an art talk at the Sr. Odiliana Rorhwasser Hall last October 30, 2015 (Friday) before the Fine Arts students and faculty.
Wen-Tsao Lin is a full-time artist with a BFA degree from the California State University, Long Beach, USA. His emphasis is on photography, painting, drawing and mixed media installations. He is currently based in Taipei, Taiwan. Presently, he is the Chairman of the Art Creator Trade Union and a member of Open Contemporary Art Center (OCAC) and SLY Art Space. He is mainly interested on manipulating symbolisms and functions of abstract elements. Using traditional rendering and formal elements such as color, shape and other various methods, he attempts to transform abstract images to represent or symbolize his own space, ideas or authority.
Dean Ma. Asuncion Azcuna (School of Arts & Sciences) was on hand to grace the occasion and award Wen with a plaque of appreciation at the end of the talk. The students had a very inspiring day listening to the artist as he shared his humble beginnings in Taipei and walked us through his career and plans for the future. Wen showed many of his works from photography to drawings and mixed media as well as collaborative works with other artists and art groups.
Recently, Wen-Tsao Lin began to make a series of works that partly include reading and visual experience, exploring one’s daily life through fields, spaces, sounds and its absence. His fascination for space, life and the natural environment of the city, coupled with math and the geometry of abstraction help situate his creations. Observing and comparing the environmental and social ecology in people’s lives are also part of his creative concerns.
He has been invited to the Huilan International Art Workshop and also participated in the open studio at the Taipei Artist Village. In 2012, he received the Vermont Studio Center International Artist and writer Fellowship in the United States. From 2013 to 2014, he coordinated the lecture series of the Bamboo Curtain Studio. His works have been published in: Art Collection + Design, Artioude, Chinese Contemporary Art News and Art plus.