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Lin Aojie: How Do Artists Make a Living
2021-09-10 17:42

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Opening: 4pm, 11 September, 2021
Duration: 11 September - 17 October, 2021 (Extended to 29 August) 11 am-6 pm, Mon. Closed
Location: ShanghART Beijing, 261 Caochangdi, Airport Side Road, Chaoyang District
Contact: + 86 10 6432 3202 | infobj@shanghartgallery.com

Welcome to artist Lin Aojie’s third solo exhibition “How Do Artists Make a Living” at ShanghART Gallery. This exhibition will present his most recent works including paintings, videos and texts.

Known for his casual, humorous artistic language, Lin Aojie often draws inspiration from communication with people from all walks of life, and examines the ecosystem of the art industry as well as social reality with characteristic insouciance. The Chinese title of this show, "人造人" (rén zào rén), on the one hand, refers to artificial intelligence that reflects how human beings think of themselves, and on the other hand it is about how people maintain interpersonal relationships. They both convey the theme of Lin’s new work: based on the concerns for artists’ survival, Lin Aojie attempts to set his sights on the surrounding environment of our daily lives. Through the deconstruction and reshaping of historical traditions, social issues and popular culture, he further explores the complex connections caused by repeated collisions between art and the postmodern world.

This exhibition is also transformed into a puzzle under the special arrangement of the artist. Stepping into the exhibition hall, you will see a black box composed of multiple combination locks, and only those who successfully crack all the passwords can view Lin Aojie’s latest video work. The clues are hidden somewhere within the exhibition and works, wish everyone has fun and good luck!


About the Artist

Lin Aojie, born in Guangzhou in 1986, graduated from Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Oil Painting Department in 2010. He lives in Guangzhou and currently works in Beijing and Shanghai. Recent exhibitions include: Shifting Times, Moving Images IV: Lin Aojie, ShanghART Singapore (2021); An Archive: Seven Trails, Taikang Space, Beijing (2020); The South Is Not an Island, OCAT Shenzhen (2020); Lin Aojie: Designers Have a Future only When They Treat Artworks as Initial Inspiration, ShanghART Shanghai Bldg.8 (2019); Very Natural Actions, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019); The Curation Workshop - Exhibition Curation and Design, OCT Art & Design Gallery, Shenzhen (2019); Night Tour of the Pearl River, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou (2019); Free Panorama - Shenzhen New Media Art Festival 2019, Pingshan Culture Center, Shenzhen (2019); Lin Aojie: Those Who Like Playing Tricks Usually Don’t Live a Good Life, ShanghART Beijing (2019); Emerging Curators Project 2018, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2018); Shared Narrative(s), ShanghART S-Space (2018); The 11th Shanghai Biennale, Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2016); Hinterland Project, Times Museum, Guangzhou (2015) etc. He was also nominated for the 2016 Art Sanya Huayu Youth Award.

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Lin Aojie: How Do Artists Make a Living 09.11, 2021


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