Sunday, February 24, 2:00-4:00 PM
Event Fees: Free, but advanced registration is requested
The event will be conducted in Chinese
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
When spring returns, when the hibernating creatures stir, the Renwen Society has in store a very special treat for you: Waiting For A Flower To Unfold, a lecture by Lin Dihuan (nom de plume: Xiao Lin), on Sunday, February 24 2019, from 2.00 to 4.00 pm.
To say Xiao Lin is a household name is not an overstatement. Arguably the best-known genre-bending artist in China, Mr. Lin is at once a photographer, a painter, a calligrapher, a cartoonist, a writer, a website designer, a big data manager and an educator in new media, communications and design, and is accomplished in each and every one of these disciplines. He was trained in medicine, but gave up his medical career in favor of his heart’s desire: art.
Xiao Lin’s painting series, “The Twenty-Four Solar Terms”, was included in China’s official nomination dossier submitted to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage programme. He also painted the backcloth of China Central Television’s hit program “Chinese Poetry Competition”. Another of his paintings, “Major Snow”, was chosen as the official poster for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games. Many of his works, both cartoons and paintings, can be found in school textbooks on traditional culture.
Xiao Lin captures. Through his pens, lenses and paintbrushes, he captures moments – moments of our time and moments of our thought. His works appear casual and subtle, light as a gossamer cloud, gentle as a whispering breeze, but they are highly evocative, their impact reverberating far beyond the form.
The Lin-style cartoons are in a class of their own and are widely circulated in the Chinese-language cyberspace. These humorous sketches are rooted in the traditional ink wash genre, but expressive of topical realities of the modern world, profundity couched in uncluttered strokes – an experiment in the interfusion of China’s cultural heritage and its revived excellence conveyed through the vehicle of new media, made relevant by its focus on the here and now, appealing to a wide spectrum of tastes, from the highbrow to the popular. Xiao Lin is never the one to court the limelight, but accolades have fallen into his lap – accolades from his exceedingly broad fan base.
The lecture will give us a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Mr. Lin and hear his stories on a wide range of topics, including:
• his artistic contributions to the nomination and inscription of China’s 24-sign temporal zodiac, known as the “Twenty-Four Solar Terms”, on the UNESCO ICH representative list;
• his photographic storybooks portraying the different dimensions of life in urban and rural China and the many petals on a multi-colored bough of humanity;
• his ink wash representations, fusing tradition with originality, of discrete realities across a diverse spectrum of subject matter, mostly the simple pleasures of life;
• the evolution of his cartoons and the drivers behind it; and
• his charity initiatives to benefit the left-behind children (of migrant worker parents) in mountainous areas, as well as the symbiosis between art and public service.
Mr. Lin will also bring some of his paintings and cartoons to display at the event.