Los Angelesbased artist Candice Lin (b. 1979) investigates the legacies of colonialism, racism, and sexism by mapping the trade routes and material histories of a range of colonial goods. Often taking shape as DIY apparatuses, or what have been described as flayed circulatory systems, her multilayered and sensorial installations combine commodities such as sugar, cochineal, and tea into liquid distillates that circumnavigate the space of the gallery. Lins sculptures manifest as tangible inquiries into histories of exoticism, Western degradation of and desire for the Other, and the logic and legacy of oppressive structures and systems.
Co-organized by the Walker Art Center
and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, Candice Lin: Seeping, Rotting, Resting, Weeping is composed of elements the artist created while sheltering at her home studio during the pandemic. Anchored by a nomadic tent structuresimultaneously a temporary shelter and a quasi-religious templethe exhibition includes hand-drawn and hand-printed indigo textiles, hand-built ceramic sculptures, plaster and concrete tactile theaters, and a video animation that leads visitors through qigong breathing and movement exercises.
Cats abound in the gallery space. From ceramic cats that can be found curled up inside the tent to the videos animated cat demon, the exhibition proposes an animist worldview in which humans no longer play a central role and animals and other nonhuman actors reign. Ultimately, Lin encourages us to question our present, reenvision our futures, and embrace new ways of understanding the world.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue documenting the artists research materials and process, copublished by the Walker and the Carpenter Center, and with contributions by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Mel Y. Chen, Liv Porte, and the exhibitions curators.
Candice Lin is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, drawing, video, and living materials and processes such as mold, mushrooms, bacteria, fermentation, and stains. She addresses themes of race, gender, and sexuality in relationship to material histories of colonialism, slavery, and diaspora. Lin has had recent solo exhibitions at the Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou, China; Pitzer Galleries, Claremont, CA; Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; Ludlow 38, New York; François Ghebaly, Los Angeles; the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago; Portikus, Frankfurt; Bétonsalon, Paris; and Gasworks, London; as well as group exhibitions and biennials at the ICA, London (2019); Para Site, Hong Kong (2019); Beirut Art Center (2019); the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (2018); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); the New Museum, New York (2017); and SculptureCenter, New York (2017). She is the recipient of several residencies, grants, and fellowships, including a Painters & Writers Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2019), the Davidoff Art Residency (2018), the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2017), a Delfina Foundation residency (2014), a Fine Arts Work Center residency (2012), and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009). She is Assistant Professor of Art at UCLA and lives and works in Los Angeles.