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London Tsai
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: Informed by a training in theoretical math, my artistic practice investigates the role of the singular individual under late capitalism. The movement between artistic, scientific, and industrial modes not only results in representations of cognitive schema, but also analyzes the creative process in the context of contemporary networked labor. Mathematical problem solving is abstract labor; as such it can be thought of as the basic mental activity that powers modern political economy. As a maker of physical objects, I find craftsmanship to be an essential component for the direct engagement and understanding of the contemporary material world. In the words of art historian Robin Adele Greeley: "In wrestling with the stubborn materiality of things, the artist recognizes himself as a perceiving subject whose confrontation with the otherness of objects is what opens the potential for critical, conceptual thinking." Given the realities of uneven global development, out-sourcing, just-in-time mass customization, and the proliferation of niche markets in our networked information age, artists must question and justify the relevance of their studio practice. Lun-Yi London Tsai April 2015 Brooklyn, NY
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  • labor of love: the object and its making
    2014
    digital print on poster vinyl

  • welding, measuring, shaping, cutting, wheeling, hammering
    2012
    video film

  • world picture: structure revealed
    2011
    welded stainless steel rod and sheet

  • madeleine: the illusion of never forgetting
    2011
    welded aluminum with rivets

  • time machine component (from Tralfamadore)
    2012
    aluminum and stainless steel

  • the building my father left
    2013
    black and white printouts of a building in Manhattan

  • manifold possibilities of the infinite deep
    2009-2011
    welded aluminum and plywood

  • cloud of drawings
    2012
    steel tubing, string, graphite and charcoal on library catalog cards

  • my private black hole: a place for memories and secrets
    2010
    welded aluminum and plywood

  • Some things inside my Basel hat
    2013
    painted cardboard, computer printouts, 3D-printed objects, scaled people

  • just for you
    2014
    six plexi-mounted C-prints on metallic
    Just-in-time customizable artworks.

  • architecture for your favorite modernist
    2014
    welded aluminum, plywood, acrylic

  • the beginning and the end
    2012
    aluminum, steel, and mahogany

  • toward another modernist public space
    2013
    artificial grass, aluminum, 3D-printed object

  • inviolability of the secret, after Derrida
    2012
    aluminum and steel

  • world picture on a klein bottle
    2010
    latex on stainless steel

  • socialist architecture with biomorphic structures
    2013
    foamcore, matte board, welded aluminum sheet metal

  • The American Dream
    2008
    oil on canvas

  • between infinities
    2013
    welded aluminum sheet

  • nostalgia for a modernist architecture
    2007
    graphite and charcoal on paper
 








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