Art Madrid'23 – KUK LIN
Europa del Este, 1996
At an altitude of 400km above the Earth, where the station is permanently in orbit, NASA has installed high-quality cameras from which data is transmitted over the Internet. This allows us to see even the smallest details of the atmosphere, the ocean, mountains and cities. The internet broadcast receives comments from scientists, astronauts, journalists... and artists!
Artist Kuk Lin is a participant in the "High Definition Earth Viewing Open Science Program". (High Definition Earth Viewing Open Science Program). He has also been inspired by Hokusai's "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" series of prints. Mount Fuji" by Hokusai. By synthesizing his impressions of two very strong emotional influences (retransmitting influences (spatial broadcasts of views of the Earth and classical Japanese art), Kuk Lin begins to Japanese art), Kuk Lin begins to create paintings which he calls "volcanoes of geometric dynamism".
From the data of the space camera, the artist extracts these parts that record the most imposing volcanoes of our planet. At that moment, the artist extends and enhances the sharpness of the waves of the landscape around the volcano's fumaroles. The generated dynamic map becomes the basis for the composition of the future artwork. And the seismic activity of the objects of study determines the colors of the paintings: Volcanic crysol, Fuji, aerial view! Geometric utopias of red-yellow, blue-green, gray-white fillings form hypnotic combinations of "optical illusions", creating their own movement. Space is flattened! Stripped of shadows and depth, Kuk Lin's art is equipped with flat form techniques, the decorativism of Japanese printmaking. His canvases are riddled with the forms of abstract neoplasticism, like the spiral tattoos adorning human skin. The contours of seismic centers and volcanic eruptions in Kuk Lin's works achieve the serenity and completeness of Japanese poetry of the Heian Period (794-1185).