- Christopher Lin
My practice envisions the ecologies we shape and inhabit in our current geologic era, the Anthropocene, in which human activity has profoundly impacted the planet and its biodiversity. Through collaborations and choreographed interactions with both living and non-living systems, I combine elements of scientific investigation and material exploration to construct performative sculptures and installations that incorporate familiar objects interacting in unfamiliar ways to encourage viewers to question the framework of our everyday world. Reflecting on my background in scientific research, my work animates concepts from biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental ecology within the poetics of artistic assemblage. 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 collect, deconstruct, and recombine materials to create chimeras that reflect on the existential trauma of today's persistent 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. Often collaborating with non-human organisms and wider ecologies, his time-based works synthesize elements of environmental ecology with Zen poetics to explore the interconnected nature of our material world.
After receiving a BA from Yale University and an MFA from Hunter College, Lin received the C12 Emerging Artist Award in 2016. He has shown work and performed throughout New York City, including at: SVA Curatorial Practice, ABC No Rio, Recess Art, Flux Factory, Wave Hill, the United Nations Headquarters, the Bronx Museum, and the Queens Museum. He was a 2020 Bronx Museum AIM Emerging Artist Fellow, a 2022 Wave Hill Winter Workspace Artist-in-Residence, and a 2023 Swale Lab + Urban Soils Resident Artist. He currently teaches at Hunter College and Parsons, The New School and is co-director of the research-based artist collective, Sprechgesang Institute.