Since quarantine started, our community has been having a lighting party every night at 8 o’clock. I’ve been inspired by the atmosphere a lot and wish to join it in my way.
I usually saw some others’ window post-it notes, such as LOVE, SUPPORT, and THANK U, and I can only feel solemn more than supportive. I usually posted some questions, and a normal conversation on our windows, such as CAT OR DOG, WHAT’S YOUR DINNER and MON. HATES ME. I hope to bring a sense of joy, rather than heaviness, to the audience through my work.
The latest project is: I posted a giant banana by yellow post- its. Then I’ve followed what has happened to a real banana, replacing these yellow post-its with black ones. My neighbors can see how the post-its banana turns to black and feel time passing during this isolation period.
《自画像》拼贴 便利贴 107x152cm 2020
Self-Portrait, Collage, Post-it notes, 107x152cm, 2020
Chenyu Lin is an artist from China. He received his BFA degree from Harbin, China, in 2017, and then his MFA from the School of Art Institute of Chicago during the 2020 global epidemic. There are two essential elements in his work, adaptability and humor. He often refers to himself as an artist who needs assignments, which is not to say that he needs external pressure to work, but that when the creative environment becomes very limited and concrete, he is more motivated to challenge the rules represented by “assignments”. Humor, on the other hand, is his most potent weapon, able to get a broader audience to accept his work and understand his creative intentions in a relaxed way.