- Christopher Lin
My practice visualizes the ecologies we create and inhabit in the Anthropocene through surreal collaborations with nature. Combining elements of scientific investigation and material exploration, I make performative sculptures and installations that incorporate familiar objects interacting in unfamiliar ways to encourage viewers to question the framework of our everyday world. Experimental play transforms into thoughtful contemplation as I embed organic materials, such as teeth, brain coral, and sensitive plants, within a synthetic world of hand sanitizers, polystyrene, and the magenta glow of LED grow lamps to render the science fiction nature of our reality. More interested in the poetics of re-contextualization than representation, I obsessively collect, deconstruct, and recombine materials to create chimeras that reflect on the existential trauma of environmental anxiety. These ephemeral constructions allude to their impermanence and, by proxy, our own.
Christopher Lin is a Brooklyn-based artist and educator with a background in research science. Fueled by a lifelong obsession with fossils, his experimental installations, sculptures, and performances question the world we inhabit and envision the one we will leave behind.
After receiving a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Hunter College, Lin was awarded the C12 Emerging Artist Fellowship in 2016. In 2018, he constructed an immersive installation exploring relative color and gravity titled What do you call the world? at Hunter College. He has shown work and performed at SVA Curatorial Practice and ABC No Rio in New York City, NY; Recess Art and Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY; and Flux Factory, in Long Island City, NY and was a 2020 fellow in the Bronx Museum AIM Emerging Artist Fellowship. He currently teaches undergraduates at Hunter College and is co-director of the research-based artist collective, Sprechgesang Institute.