Relation in Time by Tin Lun Li
Otto, Li Tin-lun
Apart from sharing the same title, ‘Relation in Time’ by Tin Lun Li also gets inspiration from Marina Abramovic & Ulay’s performance. You might remember the two from the moving performance ‘The Artist Is Present’ that left many people in tears.
But more than bringing out the relationship between man and woman, couples and lovers in time, Tin Lun Li’s work also points out the relationship between audience & the art piece itself, time and space through the use of positive and negative space.
The busts show the artist himself and his wife, both are constructed by layers of computer generated cross-section images. They are not completed without the existence of each other, the negative space of the man is actually hollowed by the contour of woman and vice versa, each bust loaded with each other’s image.
Li Tin Lun, Otto (b. 1980) graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the department of Fine Arts (BA and MFA). Having been a concept artist in a CG animation company for years, Otto experienced life watching pixels on the screen every day, trying to explore a connection between virtuality and reality through his early series of “Pixel” sculpture.
His recent works focus on exploring how different types of images are produced and presented, and their relationship with ourselves. By reconstructing images in forms of sculpture, virtual modeling, digital images & interactive installation, he explores the possibilities of interpreting and re-interpreting images, as well as reflecting our relationship with the nature of space, time, media, technology & our senses. Recently, he records various environmental sound through different communities and location in Hong Kong, and transform it into “soundscape” sculpture by computer program, thus recalling the communion between city & ourselves, media & our senses.