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Candice Lin, Corn Hill (White), 2012, platinum body-grade silicone, bell jar, 8 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2".

Candice Lin

Ghebaly Gallery

Candice Lin, Corn Hill (White), 2012, platinum body-grade silicone, bell jar, 8 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2".

Candice Lin’s latest solo show awkwardly fractured the slick, guided exploration of the typical history exhibit and awkwardly reassembled it across François Ghebaly’s two-tiered space. The sixteen sculptures and videos that comprised “It Makes the Patient See Pictures” excreted tar, silicone, even dead fish. There were no talking heads or lengthy wall labels to provide context; instead, an informational stop-action animation was projected from a pig’s asshole. Bacium Sub Cauda (Kiss Under the Tail) (all works 2012 unless otherwise noted) presents an allegory about the mass killing of the domestic pig’s hardy, adaptable brethren in Haiti, Cuba, and Egypt, and its subsequent replacement by coddled European varieties—through the subtitled snorts of black, spotted, and pink clay swine. (Quips one pig, “Hmph, some Arab Spring. More like Harvest Slaughter.”) Elsewhere, another

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