Lin Pang-soong, Silent Sound of the Mountain: Atmosphere, 2013
Lin Pan-soong, Silent Sound of the Mountain: Etude, 2013
Lin Pang-soong, Gathering Stones, 2016
Lin Pang-soong, Quiet Reflection, 2011
In 2007 Lin (Apex) Pang-soong was awarded the National Award of Arts in the Fine Arts category, as the youngest recipient of the Fine Arts category as well as the first designer to in the award’s history. In his early years, Lin’s choice of vocation in design was a different path, and he recalls, “it was not an easy path, but it allowed me to see a different perspective in life; and because those who went down this path are few, I have the food fortune of being recognized.”
At halfway to a hundred, Lin met a fork in the road and shifted more time and energy towards his painting, which was another different path, and also one of great change. His success in the field of design plays both positive and negative roles on his art; he is driven by his reputation, which can sometimes be a burden. Fortunately, he has the spirit of the sea, in which “the sea encompasses a hundred rivers, it is great because of its capacity,” thereby encouraging him to forge another path.
Since his youth, Lin Pang-soong firmly walked his own path. From design to painting, he found endless inspiration and the sense of belonging in his native land. Like steady continuous drops of water piercing through stone, Lin’s adherence to his approach to painting, is in itself a form of art.
Lin Pang-soong January 14 – March 5, 2017 Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Taichung March 18 – April 23, 2017 Fo Guang Yuan Main Art Gallery, Kaohsiung
Lin Pang-soong, Outside Radiance, 2016
Lin Pang-soong, Mountain Fans, 2016
Lin Pang-soong, Complete Freedom, 2016
Lin Pang-soong, A State of Being, 2016
Lin Pang-soong, Fascination of Rocks, 2015
Lin Pang-soong, Rocks Below the Water, 2015
Lin Pang-soong, Desert Rose, 2016
Lin Pang-soong, Spring Cometh, 2016
Lin Pang-soong, Peace & Joy, 2016
2007 winner of the National Awards of Arts by the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Lin (Apex) Pang-soong was the youngest recipient of the Arts category in the award’s history, at the age of fifty. Over the years, Lin often finds himself repeating the words “dot by dot,” as a way of self-encouragement through his meticulous series such as My Homeland, Island of Dreams, and Homebound Letters working with the image of Taiwan through pointillism. Lin consciously returns to the most foundational element in painting, the dot, and voluntarily invests his time and energy in piecing together the composition one dot at a time. Slowly and steadily like the beating of a drum or chanting of a sutra, Lin’s painting thereby crosses over into a form of meditation, where Lin develops a new and profound understanding of simplicity, such that a simple act, through repetition becomes great; and a great act, through repetition becomes simple.
Since 2007, Lin Pang-soong’s decade-long commitment to pointillism and the image of Taiwan has allowed him to harvest creative nourishment and cultural roots from his native land. So in facing his art, Lin is free and at ease, and through the thousands of intricately placed dots, the viewer captures a glimpse into Lin’s state of being.
Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, Taichung 65 Huizhong Road, Taichung January 14 – March 5, 2017 Reception: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 3:00 pm Hours: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Fo Guang Yuan Main Art Gallery, Kaohsiung 153 Xingtian Street, Kaohsiung March 18 – April 23, 2017 Reception: Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10:00 am Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm