October 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A continued exploration of: “In Search of the Lost History of Chinese Migrants and the Transcontinental Railroads“ at the Tacoma Art Museum.
Exhibition Dates: January 4 – January 27, 2018
Artist Reception: First Thursday, January 4, 2018, 6 – 8 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 – 5:30pm and by appointment.
Prographica/KDR is pleased to debut a new series of work by Zhi Lin. This provocative body of work is intended to enlighten and document an aspect in American history that has for the most part, been cruelly ignored and forgotten, the brutal treatment that Chinese immigrants endured in building the epic Trans-continental railroad that spans the United States. The exhibition will be comprised of small studies executed in Chinese ink, chronicling the histories of the Chinese immigrant workers in Seattle and Tacoma. The gallery installation will also include a video installation complementary to the epic series on view at TAM.
The Chinese ink on paper pieces are an extension of the series that Lin began in 2005. About the series, Lin recently wrote, “I felt and realized that landscape painting has an unparalleled immediacy and accessibility to an audience, and using a certain style as a conceptual construct or form can evoke the connections between different historical realities.” Zhi Lin, March 2016
Lin’s works are simultaneously shaped by the political strife he witnessed in China during his training and his experiences as an immigrant, since settling in the US, (he currently lives and works in Seattle, WA). His best-known works based on historical events are a depiction of the history of cruelty and torture. His latest series focuses on the building of the Transcontinental Railroads and the memories lost and the sacrifices made by the Chinese laborers who did the building. His larger content parallels the struggles and lost memories of immigrants from all backgrounds.
Zhi Lin (b. 1959)- Born in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, Lin attended the China Academy of Art where he studied printmaking. He received MFA degrees from the Slade School of Fine Art in London (1989) and the University of Delaware (1992). Zhi Lin has shown his work in numerous museums in the United States, United Kingdom, and China, including the Princeton University Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology, the Oakland Museum of California, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Frye Art Museum, the University College London Art Museum, the Cambridge University, Oxford University Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archeology, the Contemporary Arts Institute in London, the China Academy of Art Museum, the National Fine Art Museum of China and currently at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA (June 27, 2017 – February 18, 2018).
Lin’s work is included in the collections of the Princeton University Art Museum, the Frye Art Museum, the Oxford University Ashmolean Museum, the University College London Art Museum, and the National Fine Art Museum of China in Beijing. He has exhibited with KDR since 2001. Presently, Zhi Lin is a Professor, Painting + Drawing and the Floyd and Delores Jones Endowed Professor in the Arts at the University of Washington in Seattle. Since 2001, he has also served on the faculty of the School of Art and the China Studies Program at UW.
Lin has been the recipient of many prestigious national and international fellowships and awards, including the Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University, the University of Washington Royalty Research Scholar and Research Fund, Creative Capital Foundation Grant in Painting, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Artists at Giverny France Grant, Art Matters Foundation Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in Painting, NEA/Midwest Regional Artist’s Project Grant, Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship, Missouri Arts Council Visual Artists’ Biennial Grant, and Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship.