Dennis Lin Solo Exhibition
What does 47 do with their their installations once they've been taken down? We show them again! Need some refreshing on Dennis Lin's n° 1-60? Here you go:
Dennis Lin has collected it, bypassing the mill and has prevented it from being turned into something other than. The Maple has been debarked, sectioned into cookies, sanded, oiled, and waxed: preserved. The 60, three-inch wide slabs are sequentially hung on purpose-built hooks. Each has been numbered and tagged; the tree has been documented and cataloged.
“To see the sections of the tree is to wonder how it grew, how it lived and how it died,” said artist Dennis Lin. “I’ve cataloged this tree out of my own curiosity and to make it accessible for others to question how this organism came into being.”
The use of an anonymous engineering design aesthetic nods to the utilitarian world of material handling. This muted hardware allows the burled patterning, spalting, and birds-eye figuring of the interior to come forward and the anomaly of these interior formations to be made accessible to the viewer. Lin takes on the role of facilitator as he steps back and allows the tree to tell of both its life and death, inspiring discovery and awe, in a way that would not have been possible had it reached the mill.