Born 1984 in Wenzhou, China, he currently lives and works in Beijing. Lin Ke graduated from the New Media Arts Department of the China Academy of Art in 2008.
Since 2010, Lin Ke has turned his attention to the behavioral science of the computer age by making himself his own Guinea pig. Converting his laptop into a studio, Lin extracts material from computer software and the Internet as the fodder and form of his art. The mundane act of exploring the vicissitudes of the world wide web and various applications becomes the catalyst for art making and self-portraiture. He records operational behavior and conceptual images by using screenshots and screen recording software. His work takes the form of installation, image, sound, text, video and computer painting.
Lin Ke has gained major critical acclaim for his work winning the OCAT – Pierre Huber Art Prize in 2014, and the Chinese Youth Artist Award of the 9th AAC Art 2015. He has had solo exhibitions at Art Basel Honk Kong, Hong Kong, 2017; Like Me, BANK, Shanghai, China, 2016; and LINK, Gallery Yang, Beinjing, China, 2015. He has also featured in major group exhibitions, including the Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, 2018; .com/.cncurated by Klaus Bisenbauch for K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, 2017; and the 11thShanghai Biennale, Powerstation of Art, Shanghai, China, 2016.
Image: Lin Ke, The Universe Folder, 2010, Single channel video, 4 min 6 sec, Courtesy of the artist andBank Gallery.