MINNEAPOLIS — The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Night presents Tan Lin in Free Verse on March 28, at 7 p.m. in the Walker Cinema, 1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403. The event is copresented by Rain Taxi Review of Books.
What does a language of abstraction sound like? Find out as Tan Lin, acclaimed for his works of “ambient literature,” dazzles the intellect and the senses with a reading and screening of video works.
No longer known as the brother of Maya Lin, Tan Lin has made his own mark as an author of more than 10 genre-bending books, including Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe and Heath Course Pak, New York–based Lin takes cues from social media, yoga, disco, television, electronica, and other forms of pop culture. At the same time, he deliberately works against traditional notions of avant-garde “difficulty” and rigid categorizations such as poetry, fiction, and literary criticism.
Among Lin’s numerous awards, grants, and fellowships is a 2012 award for poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a 2004 Getty Visiting Scholar Fellowship. He is currently at work on a “sampled novel,”Our Feelings Were Made by Hand — and, fittingly, a book about Andy Warhol’s writing. Lin is also a video and performance artist whose work has been shown at the Yale Art Gallery, MOMA/P.S. 1, and elsewhere. With his sister, Maya Lin, he created the 2004 earthwork installation Input at Ohio University.
Tan Lin is the author of Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe, BlipSoak01, Ambience is a Novel with a Logo, Heath (Plagiarism/Outsource) and 7 Controlled Vocabularies and Obituary 2004. The Joy of Cooking (2010). His work has appeared in numerous journals including Conjunctions, Artforum, Cabinet, New York Times Book Review, Art in America, and Purple.
His video, theatrical and LCD work have been shown at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, Yale Art Museum, Sophienholm Museum (Copenhagen), Ontological Hysterical Theatre, and as part of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Soundcheck Series.
Lin is the recipient of a Getty Distinguished Scholar Grant for 2004-2005 and a Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital Arts Writing Grant to complete a book-length study of the writings of Andy Warhol. He has taught at the University of Virginia and Cal Arts, and currently teaches creative writing at New Jersey City University.