Candice Lin | Martine Syms: September 12 – October 9, 2015

Candice Lin Exhibition

From left to right: Candice Lin. “Birth of a Nation” (2008), watercolor on paper. “5 Kingdoms” (2015), etching. “5 Kingdoms" (2015), book

Candice Lin Exhibition

Candice Lin. "Wigans Pit-Brow Women” (2011), ink and watercolor on cut and hinged paper

Candice Lin Exhibition

Candice Lin. Detail of "Wigans Pit-Brow Women” (2011), ink and watercolor on cut and hinged paper

Martine Syms Memory Palace installation

Martine Syms. "Memory Palace” (2015), installation photo with self-published books, prints and records

Martine Syms Memory Palace video monitor

Martine Syms. “Memory Palace” (2015), HD video

Candice Lin | Martine Syms

On View: September 12 – October 9, 2015
Reception: September 24, 5-8pm
Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm

Candice Lin and Martine Syms are visiting lecturers in the Art Department at Pomona College this fall and the Chan Gallery at Studio Art Hall will feature a two-person exhibition of their work. Lin will be exhibiting works from her oeuvre that will include an installation of small drawings, one large drawing, and a new limited edition book and etching, all of which wrangle with the psychosexual dynamics of representation of otherness in Western culture. Syms will exhibit a new body of work that was inspired by the memory palace, a mnemonic device that uses a familiar space to store information. The photographs, sculptures, and video works on display were all derived from materials retrieved from the selling of a family home.

Candice Lin received her MFA in New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute and her double BA in Visual Arts and Art Semiotics at Brown University. Lin primarily uses the medium of sculpture and drawing to explore issues of gender, sexuality and race within history, anthropology and science. She has taught at the California Institute of the Arts and University of California, Riverside. Lin’s work has been recently exhibited at the Kadist Foundation (Paris), the Delfina Foundation (London), La Maison Populaire (Paris), and Alhondiga Bilbao (Bilbao, Spain).  Lin has been awarded several residencies and grants including the current Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street (2015), the 2014 California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship, the Fine Arts Work Center Residency (2012), the Frankfurter Kunstverein Deutsche Borse Residency (2011), and the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009). She is represented by Quadrado Azul (Porto, Portugal) and Francois Ghebaly Gallery (Los Angeles), where she will have a solo exhibition this September.

Martine Syms is an artist based in Los Angeles. She uses publishing, video and performance to look at the making and reception of meaning in contemporary America. She is the founder of Dominica, an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness as a topic, reference, marker, and audience in visual culture. From 2007–11, Syms directed Golden Age, a project space focused on printed matter. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, MCA Chicago, Green Gallery (Milwaukee), Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago), and White Flag Projects (St. Louis). She has lectured at the Walker Art Center, Yale University, SXSW, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, MCA Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and MoMA PS1, among other venues. She received her BFA in Film, Video, New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was a 2015 Fellow of the Zentrum Paul Klee Sommerakademie in Bern, Switzerland and her solo exhibition Vertical Extended Oblique opens this September at Bridget Donahue Gallery in New York.

Organized by the artists and Tricia Avant