Maya Lin

Nature Knows No Boundaries

Jan 20 – Mar 11, 2023
Exhibition Details:

Maya Lin
Nature Knows No Boundaries
Jan 20 – Mar 11, 2023


1F, 267 Itaewon-ro


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Above: Maya Lin, Silver Tigris & Euphrates Watershed, 2022 © Maya Lin

Pace Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by artist, architect, and environmental activist Maya Lin at its recently expanded arts complex in Seoul.

On view from January 20 to March 11, the presentation, titled Nature Knows No Boundaries will bring together new and recent installations and sculptures emblematic of the artist’s style. The exhibition, which marks the artist’s first solo show in Korea, will focus on Lin’s longstanding artistic investigations of water and her ongoing environmental activism.

Lin—who is known for her critical engagement with notions of site and place through a multidisciplinary, ecologically minded practice— rose to prominence in the United States after winning a nationwide design competition for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 1982. Other major public commissions by the artist include the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, created in 1989, and the Women’s Table at Yale University, completed in 1993. In 2021, Lin presented her acclaimed public installation Ghost Forest, which comprised 49 towering Atlantic white cedar trees, in New York’s Madison Square Park. The artist, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by US President Barack Obama in 2016, has been commissioned to create a sculpture for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, expected to open in 2025. Most recently, she was chosen to design a new performing arts studio building for the Fisher Center at Bard College in New York state. In 2022, TIME magazine named Lin one of the year’s most influential people.

Lin’s upcoming exhibition at Pace’s Seoul arts complex will feature several of her sculptural, topographical studies of rivers, which she began producing in 2007 as meditations on the ways that natural resources defy and transcend human constructs—namely, imposed borders separating nations and states. The artist’s understated but deeply resonant sculptures of water and bodies of water merge the past and present, situating the climate crisis within the arc of natural history. Lin’s show in Seoul will include her new recycled silver work Silver Tigris & Euphrates Watershed (2022) alongside Pin Gang - Imjin and Han (2022), created with stainless steel pins, and the glass marble piece Marble Han River Dam (2022), both of which center on the movements and makeup of the Han River, an important body of water in Korea. These sculptures, whose materials mimic the visual and textural traits of water, reflect the delicacy of line drawing in their elegant and elaborate contours. Lin’s sculptural rivers also exemplify her ability to experiment with and use varied media in her work. Among the other works in the presentation are Dew Point 8 (2007), a lyrical blown glass sculpture, and 52 Ways to See the Ocean (2008), a Richlite sculpture that seems to undulate and shape shift as viewers navigate around it. Lin brings questions of scarcity, accessibility, and climatic precarity to the fore of these dynamic sculptures, which will be displayed across the gallery’s walls and floors.


Featured Works

Maya Lin, Dew Point 8, 2007, blown glass, 4" x 72" x 96" (10.2 cm x 182.9 cm x 243.8 cm), overall installed from 1" x 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" (2.5 cm x 8.9 cm x 8.9 cm) to 4" x 14" x 14" (10.2 cm x 35.6 cm x 35.6 cm), 8 glass elements, each
Maya Lin, 52 Ways to See the Ocean, 2008, Richlite, 3-1/2" x 25-3/4" x 19-1/2" (8.9 cm x 65.4 cm x 49.5 cm)
Maya Lin, Silver Tigris & Euphrates Watershed, 2022, recycled silver, 6' 5" × 5' 10" × 3/8" (195.6 cm × 177.8 cm × 1 cm)
Maya Lin, Pin Gang - Imjin and Han, 2022, stainless steel pins, 8' 9" × 6' 2" × 1-1/2" (266.7 cm × 188 cm × 3.8 cm)
Maya Lin, White Fracture, 1994, embossed paper, 29-7/8" × 22-1/2" (75.9 cm × 57.2 cm) Series of 5
Maya Lin, Marble Han River Dam, 2022, Glass marbles and adhesive, 5' 11" × 9' × 1" (180.3 cm × 274.3 cm × 2.5 cm)

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About the Artist

Maya Lin critically engages with notions of site and place, exploring the development of systems in order to reflect on the environment, creating objects that invite contemplation—intellectual, sensorial, and physical—of the natural world. Her approach to artmaking often finds its origins in science rather than art, demonstrated in her application of satellite technology and cartographic techniques.

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