About LIN Hung-Hsin's Artworks


2016 Solo Exhibition - Artist Statement

by LIN Hung-Hsin

The changing and stimulating city life has provoked dazzling hallucinations, while social and political chaos has precluded people from seeing the difference between right and wrong. The Internet has become an important source of information causing people to be at a loss when trying to distinguish true from false. Under the influence of these affects, personalities are unceasingly microcracking, everything is in disorder and everyone’s value judgement is indistinct. Either each and every individual or society as a whole, all of us inevitably endure all of these situations in this complex era. Everything has become a collection of microcracks.

The development of the Internet, including the invention of Weibo and Facebook, has changed our habits of reading and listening, accelerated interpersonal communication and broadened our horizons. No matter whether it is right or wrong information, whether there are any proofs for the things we see and absorb or not, we can retrieve the latest information at any time without moving anywhere. Without doubt, this also tests our ability of making decisions. When there is no time to make a decision, we lap up information without comprehension what results in the constant variations of our perception and contemplation of things. You can always disclose your status updates, create a new image of yourself, influence others attitude towards you or establish one or even more virtual profiles, which do not reflect your real personality and can get others to take the lies as truth. All of us are living in the state of cracking, in which disunion, doubt and uncertainty is generated by socialization processes as well as various influences of the city life, environment and family.

Digital technology has brought forth an era where the image can be read and listened to. Taking pictures no longer requires professional photography, the mobile phone has become an indispensable part of our lives, moreover, we can take thousands of pictures anytime we want. Text description is no longer needed to make one long for sceneries or happenings. Anyone can easily create an unprecedented visual experience by means of image processing, animation, VR, and others. In terms of figurative painting, what I am referring to is neither mechanical reproduction of a picture, nor simulated representation of an object or an image simply captured by retina. By means of image reproduction I reconstruct, recombine and piece together randomly seized digital files, thus bringing forth new meaning and story. I attempt to modify and crack the contours of the image and the painting for which I greatly apply image processing effects. I also change color tones, meticulously deconstruct and simplify the background of the paintings, decorate it with the clamor of the city. I aim to alter or reproduce the figures, efface and deform face and facial expressions, depict distorted and redefined emotions. The unrealistic and painstakingly altered depth of field simultaneously coexist in my artworks. Paradoxical presence is constructed by realistic expression, which easily misleads the viewers and enables them to accept the paradoxical view as real. “Realism,” which I am referring to does not imply the reproduction of real objects, it is more an imitation of a video image. Monochromatic figures and bright ambient background are not matching, and yet they coexist together, thus emphasizing the distinction between the individual and the city. Partially distorted lines constantly cut and collide with each other and submerge in contradictions. The paradoxical story draws an analogy of contemporary virtualization and exceeds the natural life experience.