Dennis Lin is a Taiwanese-Canadian artist. His art practice is centered on patterns of consumption, the sustainability of the human population given these patterns, and the earth’s threshold to maintain them. These concerns are reflected in the way Lin pushes the physical thresholds of the woods and metals that compose his sculptures. At times this results in a single, momentous impact. At others, highly refined materials are forced, bent, and formed to recall the natural landscape from which their elemental combinations were first felled or mined.
Lin’s preoccupation with sustainability is reflected in his process. His studio is powered by solar energy, and as a result his artwork is controlled by seasonal rhythms. Each kilowatt hour, cut, form and addition to a sculpture is accounted for. Waste from his artworks is kept and reused to power new pieces and projects. His sculptures range in size from the monumental to the handheld.