Candice Lin: A Materialist History of Contagion

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Candice Lin, Installation view of System for a Stain (2016), commissioned by Gasworks. photo / Jessica Wittman


Candice Lin (b. 1979, Concord, Massachusetts) works in Altadena, California. She received her B.A. in visual arts and art semiotics from Brown University, in 2001, and M.F.A. in new genres from San Francisco Art Institute, in 2004. Her practice utilizes installation, drawing, video, and living materials and processes, such as mold, mushrooms, bacteria, fermentation, and stains. Lin has had recent solo exhibitions at the Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, California; Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada; Ludlow 38, New York City; Francois Ghebaly, Los Angeles, as well as the exhibition cycle A Hard White Body at Bétonsalon, Paris; Portikus, Frankfurt; and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago. Lin has been included in recent group exhibitions including the 2020 Ashkal Alwan Home Works 8 Forum, 2019 Fiskars Village Art & Design Biennale, 2018 Taipei Biennale; the 2018 Athens Biennale; Made in L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and New Museum, New York City.

Lin is the recipient of several residencies, grants, and fellowships, including the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant (2019), The Artists Project Award (2018), Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2017), the Davidoff Art Residency (2018), and Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009). She is an assistant professor of art at UCLA and lives and works in Los Angeles.

Candice Lin is the spring 2021 Teiger Mentor in the Arts.

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