Lin Yan – LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway

TypeArtist collaboration
LocationDover Street Market (Beijing)
Dates2 July - 12 August 2021
ArtistLin Yan
clientlemaire

Dover Street Market Beijing invited French brand LEMAIRE to stage an ephemeral open to public installation—Lin Yan – LEMAIRE : Beijing Gateway. The installation is a collaboration with Chinese artist Lin Yan, featuring emblematic elephant in DSMB. The pop-up concept shall be in tune with the DNA of the brand and LEMAIRE AW21 season, as well as the Elephant Space’s own feature.

Doors advised and accompanied LEMAIRE fashion brand in this first collaboration with a Chinese artist.

Lin Yan X LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

As LEMAIRE’s designer Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran explain, “Lin Yan’s work of paper feels confident and patient: the way she shapes paper to create texture and light seems infinite. In some way, her work echo the way we think about clothes: a light home as a shelter with multiple layers.”

“Lin Yan – LEMAIRE Beijing Gateway” architectural style space is made of 3 paper doors, 1 paper window suspended from the ceiling with solid transparent wires and 1 paper installation on the ground that surrounds the elephant. 5 LEMAIRE complete looks are suspended to the ceiling between the paper doors and window, and accessories /bags displayed on the paper window and the installation which stand on the ground. Lin Yan thinks that Xuan paper is not merely the submissive medium of painting; rather, it can be shaped to possess weight and layers of its own. Black and white, firmness and softness are harmoniously juxtaposed; each quality implicates the other, like the constant negotiation of void and fullness in tai chi, or the yin-yang balance in traditional Chinese philosophy. 

Collaging and shaping layers of hand-made paper, Lin casts old doors and windows from Beijing cityscape into sculpted paper paintings and creates an architectural environment. Her unique application of traditional materials brings out a texture and color which echo the DSM elephant’s texture as well as the LEMAIRE collection. Lin says:

“Creation is also a process of communication with material. When I hold the traditional Chinese handmade paper which is the material just like me, it is as comfortable and pleasant as wearing a garment that would perfectly express my personality.”

Echoing the evolution of their new lifestyles, the LEMAIRE AW21 wardrobe explores the notions of second skin and clothing as a perfectly proportioned refuge. The collection is enveloping with its sleek ample volumes and its multiple overlaps, protective with its quilted fabrics and its understated luxuriance.

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Lin Yan X LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

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Lin Yan X LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

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Lin Yan X LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

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Lin Yan X LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

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Lin Yan X LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

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Lin Yan X LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

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Lin Yan X LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

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Lin Yan X LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

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Lin Yan X LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

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Lin Yan - LEMAIRE: Beijing Gateway, Installation detail, 2021. ©️Dover Street Market Beijing

Lin Yan

Born in 1961 in Beijing. Graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing in 1984. She has been working with Chinese traditional handmade Xuan paper unconventionally in her contemporary paintings, installations and video works. Her work has been included in multiple exhibitions worldwide. Lin Yan went to Beijing to visit her family by mid-March 2020 during pandemic time and has stayed there till now.

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Lin Yan, Photo by Eugene Neduv, courtesy Fou Gallery, 2017.

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Lin Yan, "Today No.1", 2019.

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Lin Yan, Exhibition view of “Origin Point”, Helwaser Gallery, 2020.

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Lin Yan, Exhibition view of “Origin Point”, Helwaser Gallery, 2020.

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Lin Yan, "Empire", "Pray", "Rose", 2018.

LEMAIRE

Helmed by Christophe Lemaire and Sarah-Linh Tran, the LEMAIRE brand offers a timeless Parisian style that is cosmopolitan, sophisticated and rich in influences. Crafted from fabrics selected for their quality and designed for everyday wear, the wardrobe is eminently modular—the supple silhouettes and soft color palette allow LEMAIRE outfits to be restyled and accented over time.

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LEMAIRE, FW21 Collection.

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LEMAIRE, FW21 Collection.

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LEMAIRE, FW21 Collection.

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