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Found in Translation 

Artist | Eleen Lin



展覽藝術家| 林怡伶

Curated by Janusz Jaworski


Exhibition/展期:October 4 - November 1, 2019

Reception/開幕:Friday, October 4, 6 - 8pm

For Immediate Release

Gallery 456 is pleased to present Found in Translation, a selection of paintings and drawings from Eleen Lin's current body of work exploring themes of cultural hybrids and diasporas, memory, sexuality, and the inadequacies of translations between cultures and eras.

Inspired by Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, and mistranslations in the Mandarin version of the novel, Lin's stunning and often playful imagery hooks the viewer, taking them into complex contemporary worlds a dream’s width away from our own.

The images within the works are developed over many iterations via the source texts' links to current social/political issues; processes involving free association, wordplay, and slang; research of whaling and whale-related mythologies; and Lin's personal experiences as an immigrant artist.

Lin works with a mix of acrylic and oil medium on canvas. After staining raw canvas with acrylic to create a watercolor and Chinese ink painting-like backdrop, clear gesso and layers of transparent and opaque oil paints are applied to break into the fluidity of the background, giving it a collage-like effect. This effect simulates experiences of a digital world where multiple representations and images exist simultaneously or in rapid succession. However, Lin also leaves parts of the canvas raw, providing the viewer with a tether to the physically of the painting, and echos of maritime aesthetics (specifically sailcloth). 

These physical and imagistic layers allow the viewer to become an audience discovering narratives within the paintings instead of simply being a spectator - even if they are not familiar with Moby-Dick. For those audience members who are familiar with the novel, multilingual, or have other connections to an Asian culture, there are many additional depths to discover.

About the Artist 

Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in Thailand, Eleen Lin holds an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art (2008), and a BA from Slade School of Fine Art, UK (2005).  Her work has been exhibited in a number of museums: Bronx Museum of Art, NY (2015); Queens Museum of Art, NY (2012); Guangdong Museum of Art, China (2007); Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea (2007), and others. She has had several solo exhibitions in the United States, Taiwan and Thailand, most recently at Craddock-Terry Gallery, VA (2016); Doris Ulmann Galleries, KY (2015); and Garrison Art Center, NY (2014). Lin’s work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions throughout Austria, Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Her works are in the permanent collections of several institutions worldwide.

Lin has participated with NYFA Immigrant Artist Projects (2008, 2015, 2016), Fountainhead residency (2015), Rancho Linda Vista residency (2015), and the AIM program from the Bronx Museum of Art (2014).  She won the Elizabeth Canfield Hicks Award (2008), and has received Sanyu Scholarships from the Andrea Frank Foundation.  

Lin currently lives and works in New York City.

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For more information about Eleen Lin, Found in Translation, additional images, or to schedule an interview with the artist, please contact Janusz Jaworski, curator: (917)547-6772, fjordward@gmail.com



456畫廊很榮幸的展出藝術家林怡伶個展 Found譯。這是林怡伶近期一系列油畫跟繪畫的創作,她的作品採用當代跨文化語境中的視覺符號,重新闡述美國經典文學作品白鯨記的故事內容,描繪了一種在不同的傳統之間漂流,孤獨遊牧般的經歷,並且挑戰了文化界線與當代環境的相關性。這些重構不只包含當代社會新的表象和意義,探索了不同文化和世代翻譯的不足之處,也表達了移民社群,記憶和性的思維。

經由Herman Melville Moby-Dick(白鯨記)的啟發,以及中文小說版翻譯的隔閡與限制,藝術家使用令人驚奇和趣味性十足的圖像抓住觀眾的目光,將他們的視角帶入多元化的當代繪畫世界,拓展了觀眾自我的想像空間。

作品中的圖像是連結當前社會與政治的問題,經由各種不同文本翻譯而創造出來的, 其中涉及自由聯想,文字遊戲,地方俚語,捕鯨以及鯨魚相關的神話傳說;加上藝術家本人身為移民藝術家的個人經歷的總合想法。

藝術家在畫布上巧妙使用了壓克力和油彩。首先使用壓克力暈染畫布,勾畫出水彩和中國水墨畫般的背景後。 應用透明和厚實的油彩,分離背景彩墨的流動性, 展現出拼貼般的效果,這種連續堆疊多重影像集合在電腦螢幕上的視覺印象,模擬了數位世界的體驗 。然而,藝術家也留下了部分粗棉畫布為呼應航海相關的連結-特別是帆布。

這一些真實與想像融合而成的影像,會讓不熟悉白鯨記故事情節的觀眾在觀看畫作中很快融入繪畫般敘述性的意涵而不僅僅只是一個旁觀者而已 。至於那些熟悉這本美國經典文學,有著多語言能力或與擁有亞洲文化背景的觀賞者來說,將會有身歷其境般深刻的啟示。


林怡伶出生於台灣台北市,在泰國求學成長, 2008年畢業於美國耶魯大學(Yale University School of Art)獲得油畫和版畫系藝術碩士, 2005年在倫敦大學斯萊德(Slade School of Fine Art)學院取得油畫系藝術學士。她的作品曾在各大美術館展出,包含紐約布朗克斯美術館 (2015); 紐約皇后美術館(2012); 中國廣東美術館 (2007); 韓國光州藝術美術館 (2007)。她也曾在多個國家辦過個展。展場包括維州Craddock-Terry藝廊 (2016); 肯州Doris Ulmann 藝廊 (2015); 紐約Garrison藝術中心 (2014)。  此外她的作品也曾多次在全世界多個畫廊巡迴展出,現今更有眾多美術館機構收藏她的作品。

林怡伶曾經獲得Elizabeth Canfield Hicks獎 ,並參加了NYFA移民藝術家計劃,Fountainhead residency住村計劃 , Racho Linda Vista 住村計劃 ,以及紐約布朗克斯美術館的AIM計劃。她也是常玉獎學金的獲獎者。



About Gallery 456:

Gallery 456 is the visual arts exhibition space of the Chinese American Arts Council. Open to the public during office hours and by appointment. For over three decades this non-profit gallery has presented works by more than 250 renowned and emerging artists from around the world, with an emphasis on contemporary artists of Chinese heritage.

The programs of Chinese American Arts Council and Gallery 456 have been supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and through individual and community donations.

Chinese American Arts Council/Gallery 456

Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 1 - 6pm, or by appointment.


Tel: 212.431.9740

Fax: 212.431.9789

Seeing the World

July 24th - October 26th, 2018

Alan Caswell Collier / Pamela Crimmins / Peter Doig / Red Grooms / Lewis Koch / Jeff Chien Hsing Liao / Eleen Lin / Hans Jörg Mayer / Vik Muniz / Don Nice / Jules Olitski / Neil Slavin / Neil Welliver  

Seeing the World is a celebration of two favorite summer pastimes - travel and leisure. Featuring drawings, paintings, prints and photographs by international artists from the Bank's collection and works on loan, the exhibition conjures imaginary journeys as well as experiential ones. Like a road trip ranging across time and place, each vantage point has a story with a point of view. When travelling in a car, some landscapes out the window are mediated by human presence while others feature long vistas across a people-less expanse.  

Games, food, the backyard pool, and the beach evoke universal stories of home, family and summer activities. Jeff Liao's photographs create elongated, slightly vertiginous experiences of baseball fans at a Mets stadium game, while Pamela Crimmons uses underwater cameras to capture children at play. Neil Slavin's portraits of hot dog vendors document the urban experience, while Peter Doig's loners against the backdrop of nature look awkward and slightly menacing.

Like travelling through dream states or memory-scapes, the narrative jumps and changes, vacillating between fact and fiction. The title is from a painting by Eleen Lin, who uses the allure of fiction and characters from Moby Dick to create narratives and cross-cultural translations of Melville's classic novel mixed with Chinese mythology. Her paintings about journeys - of people and whales - and of the mind - evoke a variety of possible meanings and the art of lore. To really "see the world" is a cumulative, self-interpretive experience. The exhibition, Seeing the World is an open invitation to celebrate imagination, visual play and artistic invention.   

For more information about Deutsche Bank's global art activities: www.db.com/art

November 2nd - December 6th, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday November 2nd 6-8pm

The Moby-Dick Project - Cuated by Hallie Cohen and Dustin Spear

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Bedford Hills College Program (BHCP), a unique exhibition of artworks based on Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, by Herman Melville, has been created by the incarcerated women artists of the BHCP after participating in a course called “Illustrating the Novel,” taught by professor and artist Duston Spear. These artworks are shown alongside pieces by invited artists whose work shares an affinity with the great American novel. Themes of obsession, cultural identity, communication across space, time, and species, and the embrace of the sea will be the subjects of interpretation.  Artists exhibiting are Fred Brenenson, William Chambers, Barbara Friedman, Eleen Lin, Diane Samuels, Duston Spear, Benton Spruance, Carol Venezia.

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Hewitt Art Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, 221 E. 71st St. New York, NY 11021

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October 20th - 23rd, 2017

VIP Preview October 19, 2017

Art Salon panel - Cultural deposit and artistic thinking - October 22nd, 2017  3-4pm

Drifting:  Eleen Lin -  Art Taipei

Venue: Taipei World Trade Center, Hall 1 / Booth P07

W. Ming is pleased to present Taiwan born, New York based artist I-Ling Eleen Lin’s solo exhibition Drifting at Art Taipei 2017. This exhibition showcases Lin’s two recent painting series, Mythopoeia and Pet Society. Created between 2009 and 2016, Lin’s paintings reiterate stories, ranging from Chinese folklore to American literature classics, into contemporized cross-cultural narratives. Her paintings illustrate the nomadic solitary experience of drifting among various traditions, and the obscurity of cultural boundaries today.

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March 6th - March 30th, 2017

Artists Reception: Thursday March 9th 6-8pm

Present Danger - Curated by Hallie Cohen and Margaret Roleke

PRESENT DANGER is a group exhibit curated by Hallie Cohen and Margaret Roleke which will examine how contemporary artists deal with aggression and violence both as an internal psychic state and as a social and political reality. Artists exhibiting are David BorawskiSue Coe,Laurel Garcia ColvinSteven DiGiovanni, James GrashowMohamad HafezEleen LinPaul McGuirkMargaret RolekeJustin Sanz

Exhibit runs from March 6 -30th  9am-10pm 7 days a week

Hewitt Art Gallery, Marymount Manhattan College, 221 E. 71st St. New York, NY 11021

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December 3th - December 17th, 2016

Borderless: in Perspective - Curated by David Christopher Terry

Lite-Haus Galerie, Mareschstr. 4, Berlin 12055, Germany



November 11th, 2016

Interview by Emily Jaeger in The Woven Tale Press


Recent work included in latest volume of The Woven Tale Press Vol. IV#9



November 5th - December 22nd, 2016

Group show featuring gallery artists

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, 1947 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY, 10538


March 9th, 2016

Review of "Lost in Transition" at Riverviews Artspace by Casey Gillis  




March 4th - April 22nd, 2016 (Opening reception and Artist talk: Friday, March 4th, 5:30-8pm)

Lost in Transition - Solo Exhibition

Craddock-Terry Gallery, Riverviews Artspace, 901 Jefferson Street, Lynchburg, Virginia
Riverview's Artspace is pleased to present, Lost in Transition, a solo exhibition by Eleen Lin.  The opening reception and artist talk for Lost in Transitions will take place in the Craddock-Terry Gallery on First Friday, March 4th, 2016. 5:30 – 8:00 pm

In the age of cultural cannibalism where everything is brought together and rearranged to formulate new identities, Eleen Lin reiterates folklores and classical literatures into contemporized cross-cultural narratives. The paintings not only mix and match different cultural narratives, but also intertwine different visual languages and use of medium. Lin’s work has been exhibited internationally and holds a place in numerous collections in the US, the United Kingdom, and Taiwan.

On view through April 22nd. Gallery hours are 12-5 pm Wednesday-Sunday or by appointment; free and open to the public. Read more >



October 25th- December 17th, 2015 (Opening reception:  Sunday, October 25th, 2-5pm, Artist Talk @ 3pm)

Lost in Transition - Solo Exhibition

Doris Ulmann Galleries, Berea College, CPO 2152, Berea, KY, 40404

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June 25th - January 4th, 2016 

Face to Place

60 Wall Gallery, Deutsche Bank Art, NY, 10005
"Face to Place" features select participants of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program from its inaugural year in 2007 through 2014. The exhibition highlights the acute observations and the unique perspectives that are often manifested through the immigrant-artist experience of transitioning to living and creating in another country. "Face to Place" brings together portraiture, landscape and observations regarding the contemporary urban, natural and social environments we share. Each of the artists is sensitive to different aspects of experience, incorporating an identity and allegiances that they bring with them into a new reality. Read more >


July 23rd - September 10th, 2015 (Opening reception:  Thursday, July 23rd, 6:30-8pm)

Cool and Collected '15

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, 1947 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, NY, 10538
Featuring artworks by Geoffrey Detrani, Kerry Kolenut, David Licata, Eleen Lin, Cara Lynch, Sarah Nicole Phillips, B. Avery Syrig, Marian Williams and Jacob Zurilla Read more >


July 9th - September 20th, 2015 (Opening reception:  Wednesday, July 15, 6-9pm)

Bronx Calling:  The Third AIM Biennial

Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY, 10456
Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial features the work of seventy-two emerging artists engaged in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program (classes of 2014 and 2015). AIM provides professional development opportunities for emerging artists residing and working in the New York metropolitan area. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog. Curated by Bronx-based artists Hatuey Ramos-Fermín and Laura Napier. Read more >


Opening Reception May 15th, 2015, 5pm

Queens is not new - LIC Arts Open

Local Project Gallery Space, 11-27 44th Rd, Long Island City, NY, 11101
In part of LIC Arts Open, Local project brings together a 4 person exhibition with works by Carol Crawford, William Garrett, Eleen Lin and Thaddeus Radell.

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May 1st, 2015 - September 10th, 2015

(N)either (N)or

Chazen Museum of Art, Curatorial Lab, 800 University Avenue, Madison, WI, 53706
The Curatorial Lab of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Art History is pleased to present the group exhibition (n)either (n)or, on view May 1 through September 10, 2015.  The exhibition brings together eleven artists living and working in diverse contexts, whose works in video, photography, and painting address liminality as a persistent condition in contemporary art practices.

February 20th - May 8th, 2015 (Opening reception:  Friday, February 20, 6-8pm)

Face to Place

NYFA Gallery, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY, 11201
The exhibition highlights works that draw attention to the acute artistic observations that are often manifested through the immigrant artist experience and the unique perspectives cultivated through transitioning to, living, and creating in another country. Face to Place is a theme broadly interpreted in the scope of portraiture and sense of place - whether urban or nature, with observations on society, culture and humanity.

Dec 15th, 2014

Featured Artist in Lunch Ticket literary journal by Antioch University Los Angeles.

Please see online link http://lunchticket.org/pet-series/

Dec 3rd, 2014

Featured Artist in 365 Artists 365 Days Project by Frank Juarez Gallery.

Please see online interview via http://365artists365days.com/2014/12/03/eleen-lin-long-island-city-new-york/

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Sept 1 st, 2014

Featured Artist on the publication " Artists To Look Out For - Volume I" by Starry Night Programs.

Artists To Look Out For is a printed catalog that features nearly 100 emerging artists from all over the world, and the book can be purchased on Amazon.com.

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October 9th - October 19th, 2014  (Opening reception on October 10th, 6-10pm)

No More Place

93 Market St - Gallery Aferro

Newark, NJ

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September 20th - October 8th, 2014

International Tsai-Mo Exhibition

Dadun Gallery, Taichung City Cultural Affairs Bureau

Taichung, Taiwan


April 12th - May 4th, 2014

Third Cultural World

Garrison Art Center,  

Garrison, NY


March 8th - April 27, 2014


Morean Arts Center

St. Petersburg, FL


March 7th - March 30th, 2014


A group exhibition which brings together the work of Eleen Lin, Ann Wieder-Blank, Kenny Rivero, Kyle Staver, Fred Valentine, & Peter Williams. 

Novella Gallery

New York, NY