London Tsai: biography
cohomology of the torus
Lun-Yi London Tsai was born in Massachusetts, spent his early childhood in Paris, and grew up in SoHo, New York in the 1980s. After college and graduate school, Tsai spent six years in China. Since then he has lived in Boston, Seattle, Miami, and New York. An artist residency in Berlin in 2008 was pivotal in awakening his latent sculptural tendencies; his father was the late kinetic sculptor Wen-Ying Tsai. Tsai currently lives and works in Brooklyn.


As a maker of objects, I find craftsmanship to be essential for a direct engagement and understanding of our contemporary material world. Coming from a kinetic sculptor’s family, I inherited my father’s dexterity and developed at an early age facility with industrial machines and tools; this together with a training in theoretical math has given me the means to solve most problems that arise in the studio.

A moment-to-moment awareness of my often exasperating struggle with material reality leads to much more than the resulting object. In the words of art historian Robin Adele Greeley: "In wrestling with the stubborn materiality of things, the artist recognizes himself as a perceiving subject whose confrontation with the otherness of objects is what opens the potential for critical, conceptual thinking."

--London Tsai, May 2015
Brooklyn, NY


Education:

Master's of Arts, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1994
Bachelor's of Science, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1992
The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY, 1988



Galleries/Residencies/Programs:
Denise Bibro Fine Art,
Chelsea, Manhattan, New York, August 2015 - Present
Amos Eno Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, June 2015 - May 2016
AutoCenter Summer Program (with Thomas Scheibitz), Berlin, Germany, June 17 - 22, 2013
Markgraeflerhof Artist Residency, Bartels Foundation, Basel, Switzerland, June 8 - August 22, 2013
Fountainhead Studios, Miami, FL, December 2012 - February 2014
Karl Hofer Gesellschaft Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany, May - August 2008

Selected Exhibitions:
Solo:

"Flying Desserts and Other Utopias," Central Terminal Gallery, Miami International Airport, Miami, FL, Nov. 2016 - March 2017
"Talents," Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, Manhattan, New York, September 10 - October 3, 2015
"Hi-res/Lo-res" (with Pansum Cheng), Studio J, Long Island City, NYC, Feb. 1 - Feb. 28, 2014
"A Place for Memories and Secrets" (with Susanna Bluhm and Chris Buening), Soil Art Collective, Seattle WA, Jan. 2 - Feb. 1, 2014
"Formats & Maquettes: extra-studio practice" Markgraeflerhof Artist Residency, Bartels Fondation,  Basel, Switzerland, August 9-11, 2013
"Quantum Shift" (with Judith Berk King), The Richard Shack Gallery, Art Center / South Florida, curated by Kristen Thiele, May 11 - June 17, 2012
"Wondering,"
The Gallery at Miami Country Day School, Miami, Florida, Nov. 8 - Jan. 15 2012
"Processes & Representations," Neue Galerie Karl-Hofer-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany, August 2008
"Transition Gadgets," Shoreline Community College Art Gallery, Shoreline WA, April 2008
"
Demonstrations," Shift Collaborative Studio, Seattle WA, May 3 – June 2, 2007
"
9-11 Reactions / Reflections," The National Arts Club, New York City, September 16 – 28, 2002
"
Lun-Yi TSAI, Oil Paintings," The China National Museum of Art, Beijing, China, Sept. 26 – Oct. 15, 2000

Group:

"The Art of Now," curated by Betty Levin, Hearst Galleries, Hearst Tower, New York, NY, January - June 2016
"Art From the Boros III," Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, New York, July 23 - August 15, 2015
"The Scientific Eye: Art & Science," North Seattle College Art Gallery, Seattle WA, Nov. 4 - Dec. 5, 2014
"10 Jahre Stiftung Bartels Fondation," Markgraeflerhof, Bartels Fondation, Basel, Switzerland, Oct. 25 - Nov. 2, 2014
"Collection of Siegfried Grauwinkel," Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Hungary, August 2013
"Seeking Space," Bushwick Open Studios at 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, New York, May 31 - June 16, 2013
"Sommerfest an der Spree,"
Karl-Hofer-Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany, July 2008
"Aesthetics/Analytics," Curated by Barbara Shaiman, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle WA, Nov.–Dec. 2006
"
Shift^3: New Members Exhibit," Shift Collaborative Studio, Seattle WA, Nov. 2 – Dec. 16, 2006
"Intersection: Art + Math = X," CU Special Year in Art and Mathematics, UMC Art Gallery, University of Colorado Boulder, June 27 – Aug. 5, 2005
"VEXED: on the theme of art and politics," Curated by Esther Luttikhuizen, Kittredge Gallery at the University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, Oct. 5 – 29, 2004
"
Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race," Wing Luke Asian Museum, Seattle, Apr. 30 – Dec. 12, 2004

Collections:

Tsai's work is in the permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art; the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington;
the Seattle Art Museum Gallery; the Bartels Fondation, the Grauwinkel Collection.  His work is in private collections in Basel, Beijing, Berlin, Hong Kong,
Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Oxford, Paris, Seattle, and Taipei.

Selected Bibliography:

"The Topologist's Sine Curve," by Lun-Yi Tsai for Scientific American blog "Roots of Unity" by Evelyn Lamb, May 31, 2015
"Orientable Surfaces" by Lun-Yi London Tsai for Trends in Genetics: Topology of Evolution, Cell Press, Cambridge MA, January 2015 (cover art)
"Geometric Representation Theory," David Ben-Zvi, Ed., Emissary Magazine, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Berkeley CA, Fall 2014 (cover art)
"Surprised Again on the Diagonal,” by Lun-Yi Tsai (cover art) for “Matrix Analysis,” by Roger A. Horn, Charles R. Johnson, Cambridge University, 2012
Math professor uses equations to create art,” by Margaux Herrera, The Miami Herald, June 10, 2012, p. 6NE
London Tsai’s 5-foot aluminum breast sculpture meant to host nursing moms,” The Huffington Post, May 12, 2012
"Giant Boob Sculpture Invites Moms to Breastfeed on South Beach,” by Briana Saati, Miami New Times, May 10, 2012
Exhibit showcases wonders of childhood,” The Miami Herald, December 4, 2011
The mathematical imagery of Lun-Yi Tsai,” by Aravind Asok, Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (cover story), October 2010, pp. 695 - 697
Math, Art, and the Infinite: Mapping Reality,” by Lun-Yi Tsai, Tufts Magazine (cover story), Fall 2009, pp.16 – 21
The Art Behind Math: An interview with artist and professor, Lun-Yi Tsai” by Andrea Cebrecos, Metropolis Newspaper, October 6, 2008
Local prof’s art adds up to German Honors” by Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald, September 6, 2008
MDC Professor and Artist Named Germany’s “Mathmaker of the Week’ ” by Nicole Tallman, Miami Dade College News & Notes, September 2, 2008
"Mathmaker of the Week Lun-Yi Tsai: The Bridge Builder,” Jahr der Mathematik 2008, August 25, 2008
Im Portrait (interview),
Berlin Online TV – Freshmilk, by Bianca Welsch, July 5, 2008

Transition Gadgets at SCC Gallery” by Jocelyn Robinson, The Enterprise, Seattle, WA, April 11, 2008
Beautiful Math & Fantastic Reality,” interview by Megan Sukys for The Beat, NPR Radio KUOW 94.9 FM, Seattle, June 1, 2007
Intuition + Math + Architecture = Drawing” by Sheila Farr, The Seattle Times, May 25, 2007, p. 43H
Beautiful Geekery: Conceptions of Space” by Jen Graves, The Stranger, May 10, 2007, p. 23
Math & Art Month” by Rachel Shimp, The Seattle Weekly, May 16, 2007, p. 28
Lun-Yi Tsai at Shift“ by Jim Demetre, Artdish, May 21, 2007
Literature: Reading Fiction, Poetry, and Drama,” 6th Edition by Robert DiYanni, McGraw-Hill, 2007, pp. 906 – 907
SoHo: The Rise and Fall of an Artists’ Colony” by Richard Kostelanetz, Routledge, 2003, pp. 181 – 185
Mathematical Impressions: Lun-Yi Tsai A92” by Laura Ferguson, Tufts Magazine, Fall 2004, p. 59
Compelling collection of art with a conscience” by Matthew Kangas, Seattle Times, May 28, 2004
Artists’ SoHo” by Richard Kostelanetz, NY Arts Magazine, November 2002, p. 93
Lun-Yi Tsai: oil paintings” by Gongkai Pan, Di’an Fan, Changming Peng, Yuanyuan An, exhibition catalogue, The China Museum of Fine Arts, 2000