“Hardly nothing to do without”

Carey Lin paints scenarios composed of everyday studio detritus, found Internet clippings, and vagrant residues from attended artist residencies- to name a few. Lin’s work evokes questions as to the nature of what a painting can be and what, however humble, can invoke the necessity to paint. The paintings are quiet and yet insistent poetic statements. One can get caught up in painterly materiality where crusty dryness and viscosity exists on its own merits next to highly illusionistic spatial passages. Lin’s work reminds us that facture, the way in which a paining is made, can lead an audience to incredible depths of new meaning and connectivity to a larger tradition of painting or remain locked in its own reflexivity, refusing to cede any secrets as to its own discrete physical territory.

Lins current exhibition, “Hardly nothing to do without” opens this week, October 29, and runs through December 4, 2011, at Royal NoneSuch Gallery in Oakland, CA.

Studio sweep, 2010, Oil on canvas, 18" x 18"













Stuck, 2010, Oil on canvas, 22" x 24"












Untitled (Screen shot 2009-10-19 at 1.20.48), 2011, Oil on canvas, 15" x 22"









May 31 - June 21, 2010, 2010, Oil on canvas, 30" x 24"














Carey Lin received her MFA from The University of Chicago and a BA from New College of Florida in Sarasota. Lin has participated in the Vermont Studio Program, The Artist Residency at OxBow, and is a recipient of the Graduate Teaching Fellowship from The University of Chicago. Recently, Lin had a solo exhibition entitled, No way that’s it, at Zughaus Gallery in Berkeley, CA. Currently she lives and works in San Francisco.

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