二〇〇六年年底,因為我的同學楊明迭在東門美術館,在那個陽明山上他有展覽。同學就說,你應該去看看他的展覽,是我很少去看的畫展。去了時候才認識了李昆霖,見面之後就覺得我們 很投緣,談藝術可以很大膽,直接的講不避諱別人的想法。同樣的他也愛喝啤酒,然後我們都喜 歡改造家具。因為我喜歡也改造家具,所以我們有很多可以談的地方。

        一般來說,只要是非常非常要好的朋友,我一定會帶他去我的故鄉羅東。所以我也帶李昆霖有一次帶他去羅東玩。他去住在我岳父母的家,他非常開心。當然他也遇到一個,我岳父,他也 特別愛喝啤酒的。所以幾個人湊在一起,就是變成是一個,都是愛喝啤酒的人。當然也不是鼓勵 人家喝啤酒,是覺得大家都是很豪邁的人。到羅東的時候,我就會帶他去吃一些我認為好吃的小 吃。就像我去台南找他時,他一定會很熱情招待,帶我去吃他認為好吃的東西。那他會給我特別 聲明說,這家才是真的好吃,那家是一般人以為好吃的。所以應該來說,他也是一個美食主義者。 有一天他帶他家人來我們家裡住,到現在印象還很深刻。

        當然我們在一起的時間,離不開我們兩個一定要喝啤酒,而且他指定一定要海尼根。他如果是海尼根代言人,他應該是當之無愧。印象比較深刻的事,本來不想講但是講一下也好啦!因為 小時候我媽跟我講,她說她常去那個廟裡去燒香,她就希望她把福氣給她的孩子。那我媽也去世 了好幾十年,至少有三十年了。我就李昆霖講說:「唉要不要陪我去廟看一看,既然說他留福氣 給我哇對不對,那我看看那個廟的神會不會認帳。」然後他就說好。我們去的時候就抽籤。就因 為第一次抽籤,去的時候就擲筊,擲一次就沒有再擲。李昆霖說:「哎你信基督教,又到別人的 教這裡去踢館,你要有誠意,要擲三個筊才可以。」我就說:「好吧好吧就聽你的話。」後來就 擲三個筊,所以就抽了籤。抽了籤一看,挖勒,說得還蠻有道理。就說啊,先人的餘蔭呀,會給 你一個,那個文言文,文言文我不大會講。就留了一個毛毯給你,你可以領回去啊。所以算是一 個滿瘋狂的一件事情,一個基督教的人還跑去廟裡,就問人家說:「啊跟我媽媽的約定有沒有算 數?」

        記憶印象是他很愛他的孩子、他的老婆。他說他有一年,他開車啊就到東海岸,然後沿途撿一些石頭啊罐子啊。他就把它用鐵線,那鐵線其實也滿出粗的嘛,然後他用手去把它捆起來,當 時我看那鐵線真是要捆起來,真的不容易。他就一個一個捆出他跟他家人的距離,成為一種創作。 我覺得啊,這個讓我很感動。因為能夠從生活變成一種藝術,然後對家人那種聯繫,我覺得是蠻 難得的,一個藝術家又很愛他自己的家庭。

        李昆霖他的作品我本身很喜歡,也推薦給我的客人。其中有一幅畫,我現在都還是印象很深刻,就是他畫那個泡溫泉,很多人在泡溫泉,我覺得它的畫面構圖非常的特別。我想也應該是李 昆霖去世之後,他的作品讓我印象太深刻了。所以應該是李昆霖之後就沒有再推薦任何的 台灣的藝術家作品,一直到二〇一八年才開始支持一點台灣的藝術家。我想應該是他的作品給我 的太印象深刻,他最大特別是他的獨特性很強,這也是我對台灣年輕藝術家的一種期待,應該每 個人有自己的想法、自己的風格。他是很堅持的走下去,我覺得很可惜,如果每個人像這樣子, 我相信台灣的藝術會更放異采。

        我的店其實一開始是以老傢具為主,但是我又不喜歡老傢具,那個老老髒髒的樣子。所以二〇〇〇年,我就把他去漆,然後李昆霖也覺得我這個想法很好。二〇一七年,也是這兩年,我覺 得台灣在當代藝術市場會有一個新的分水嶺。所以我兩年前就決定把我的工作室柏林,就正式定 名為 Gallery 也就是藝術空間。那時候就是以傢俱為主的時候,我記得李昆霖來到了我的店的時 候,因為我喜歡北歐傢具,然後..當然..也..包括美國的那個地方,就是 vintage furniture,還有台灣 的老傢具。因為我處理方式是把它當作是北歐家具來處理,所以李昆霖來說很喜歡。他常常說他 很喜歡這裡的椅子,我想會喜歡椅子都有一個特色,因為喜歡椅子的人都希望坐在一個舒適的一 個椅子,找一個舒適的角落讓他能夠休息、能夠沉思。

        我想這也是我跟李昆霖相同地方,我們都很重視給自己休息的地方,因為就像聖經講的一句話。到現在是成我最大的幫助,你們得力在於平靜安穩。如果心靈能夠很平靜,看東西都比較清 楚。因為現代人實在是眼花繚亂,看起來好,但是不見得好。我覺得要有一個安靜的心,才能欣 賞真正的藝術。

        他有送我一件作品了,那件作品是用鐵絲繞出來的,有一個腳踏車安全帽的...的一個海綿墊,我覺得那件作品非常特別,就是有外太空的感覺。然後一直,就把它留著。覺得他若時間夠來講, 他做一些現代雕塑的空間的創作,應該是他會非常拿手,所以蠻可惜的。如果他在,我一定會鼓 勵他,做一些 3D 的、立體的雕塑,我覺得他的表現可能會比他平面更能夠自由的表達。

        在我收藏有價作品有三個人,都是很了不起的藝術家,一個是蕭一,再就是李昆霖,再就是于鵬。然後他們三個人都英年早逝,三個人的特質都非常像,所以這三個藝術家在我生命當中印 象非常深刻。就是他們不只是在創作而已,在日常生活當中,他們也是豪氣的人,不會跟人家計 較,豪爽!然後你看到他們畫面就是笑聲,開懷大笑。所以有人最近在選舉時候說他像令狐沖, 我覺得他們三個人都像令狐沖。所以如果要來講李昆霖,我覺得他是我心目當中的令狐沖。

At the end of 2006. Because my classmate Yang Ming-Tieh had an exhibition at Tsháu-suann Licence Art Gallery, my classmate said I should go see his exhibition. I rarely saw exhibitions. I met Lee Kuen-Lin there. After we met, I felt that we were quite congenial. We talked about art boldly. We didn’t care about what others thought. He loved to drink beer too. And both of us loved to transform furniture. Because I like to transform furniture there were lots of things we could talk.

 

Generally speaking... As long as I remember he is a very good friend. I would definitely take them to my hometown Luodong. So I took Lee Kuen-Lin to Luodong. He lived in my parents-in-law's house. He was very happy. Cause he met my father-in-law. He also loved to drink beer. So it was like… a meeting of people who love to drink beer. Of course, I’m not encouraging people to drink beer. I just think everyone was quite heroic. I took him to eat some snacks that I think are delicious in Luodong. It was the same situation when I visited him in Tainan. He always entertained me warmly. Took me to the restaurants that he thought were delicious. He often gave me a special statement. For example “This restaurant is far more delicious” “And that one, it just what ordinary people think it is delicious” So he was also a gourmet. One day, he came and lived in our house with his family. It still left a very deep impression in me. Of course, when we were together... We had to drink beer. And he always requested Heineken. If he became the spokesperson of  Heineken. It would be well deserved.

 

Impressive things... I didn't plan to talk about it but it’s also fine to talk... When I was young, my mom told me that she often went to a temple to burn incense. She hoped to give her blessing to her children. My mother has passed away for decades. At least thirty years. I asked Lee Kuen-Lin to accompany me to the temple. Since my mom said that she left blessings to me. So I wanted to see if the god go of the temple would really do it. We went together and I drew out a lottery. Because it was my first time doing it, I just rolled the Poe divination once and not again Lee Kuen-Lin said that I believed in Christianity. I should follow the correct customs of the other religion. So I should be true, I had to throw the Poe divination three times. I said, okay, and I listened to him. I threw the Poe divination three times and then took the sign and checked the results. The sign was quite reasonable. It said that the contributions of ancestors would give me a…That was classical Chinese, I was not good at it. Just leave one blanket ... for you, you can take it back. It was a crazy thing. A Christian visited a temple. Just wanted to ask if the promise of my mother still counted.

 

I remembered he loved his child and wife very much. He said one year he drove to the East Coast and picked up some stones and jars along the way and then used iron wires to tie them up. The iron wires were quite thick and he tied them up by hand. I thought it was quite hard to tie them up with iron wires. And he tied it one by one as a distance from his family, and as an artwork. It touches me very deeply. He changed life into art and the kind of relationship with his family. I think it is quite rare. An artist loves art and also his own family

 

I like Lee Kuen-Lin’s works very much and I also recommend them to my guests. There was a painting that even now I am very impressed by. He painted many people in a hot spring. I think his picture composition was very special. After Lee Kuen-Lin departed…Because his artwork impressed me a lot. So I didn’t recommend people any other Taiwanese artist after Lee Kuen-Lin. It was not until 2018 that I began to support some Taiwanese artists. Maybe it was because his artwork was too impressive for me. His most special part is his strong uniqueness. It is also the expectation I have towars Taiwanese young artists. Everyone should have their own idea and style. He was really persistent, so I felt very sorry. If everyone was like him, I believe that Taiwan’s art would be more brilliant.

 

My shop actually sold old furniture at the beginning. But I didn't like old furniture with an old and dirty look. So I started to remove their paint from 2000. Lee Kuen-Lin also thought it was a good idea. In 2017, around these two years…I thought there would be a new watershed in Taiwan contemporary art market. So two years ago, I decided to change my studio’s name Peter Lin to Peter Lin gallery officially. I was selling mainly furniture at that time when Lee Kuen-Lin visited my store because I like Nordic furniture. Then… of course... also including the United States, their vintage furniture…and also old Taiwanese furniture. The way I treated them was the same as to Nordic furniture. And Lee Kuen-Lin liked it so much. He often said that he liked the chairs here.

 

I think people who like chairs have special feature because they all want to sit on a comfortable chair, find a comfortable corner to rest and be able to be in deep thought. I think this is why there are so many common points between us. We both value giving ourselves a place to rest. Just like a sentence in the Bible and it is also my biggest help now. Your strength lies in calm and stability. If your mind is calm, you can see things more clearly. Modern people live quite chaotically. Sometimes it seems good, but it’s not necessarily good. I think we need to have a quiet heart to appreciate true art.

 

He gave me a piece of artwork which was made by iron wires, a sponge pad and a bicycle helmet. I think that piece is very special. It gives me a feeling of outer space. I kept it with me for a long time. I think if he had enough time he would have done some more modern sculpture and space art. They would be his strengths. So it is really a pity. If he was still here, I would definitely encourage him to do some three-dimensional sculptures. I think his way of expressing through artwork may be freer than his planar works allowed’.

 

My collection has three artist’s works. They were all really amazing artists. One is Xiao Yi , Lee Kuen-Lin and then Yu Peng. They all passed away at a young age and have really similar characteristics. So these three artists are very special in my life. Not only on creating artwork. They were also quite heroic in daily life, didn’t argue with others and were just quite bold. Every time when you saw them, they were always laughing. So recently when a candidate said he was like LingHu Chong I feel that all three of them are like LingHu Chong. So when we are talking about Lee Kuen-Lin I think he is like LingHu Chong.

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