Calvin Lin, born in Taipei in 1974, is a contemporary artist. He is good at looking at life in a deconstructed and reorganized way, based on ancient Chinese techniques, using cross-sections to symbolize the dimensions of the existence of objects, exploring their locations and meanings, and combining Chinese and Western myths, characters, birds, and beasts to share a story.
Calvin Lin's installation art mostly takes dreams and beliefs as the starting point to convey his inner yearnings and struggles. He believes that the development of free will itself is contrary to God’s love. Humans love beauty and life so much, yet they're so willing to indulge, dismantle and transform all things to become their daily life.
Calvin Lin published his first work about himself in 2009, "ADONIS Adonis Bucks", which was very well received. As soon as the work was published, it was favored by the singer Zhang Huimei. The first full-length album released by Zhang Huimei under the pseudonym of Amit appeared in the rock album "You Dare to Come", which was the embarkation of Calvin Lin's artistic journey.
With the success of his solo exhibition, Calvin Lin launched a series of installation plans for the flying horse, Pegasus. He suspended the Pegasus in the air and arranged them in various shapes. In Calvin Lin’s imaginary world, once the Pegasus is in the air in its special arrangement, a wormhole is formed, and the viewer can travel through time and space into a fairytale. This group of nearly 300 paper flying horses has crossed many places, and has been exhibited in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tainan and other places.
If it is said that the ability of independent thinking given to humans that is different from other creatures, then it will lead people to embark on a journey of self-exploration. The road of artistic creation is undoubtedly the beginning of Calvin Lin's self-exploration. He instinctively knows how to hand-paint the design draft of the work he wants to present, how to arrange the joints, and how many angles are needed to make the work have a smooth curve. At the moment when he draws the sketch, everything naturally takes its appropriate shape.
For Calvin Lin, the creative process is also a self-exposure that he has to face. In the depths of the soul, he wants to sing the beauty of heaven and the obscure hellish darkness, and fully reveal these aspects in his works. Calvin Lin does not deliberately express it outright, but tends to show it symbolically, because these beauty and darkness belong to the common consciousness of humankind. Through the senses of the viewer, it has a unique resonance with the inner soul. There is no need for too much verbal explanation, just a very intuitive experience.