Ling-Lin Ku’s “The Practice of Disguise” residency program received the Innovator Award Honorable Mention from the International Sculpture Center among artists from 44 countries. This exhibition launches at the Atrium Gallery of the 18th Street Arts Center from November 15th to December 17th, 2021. All are welcome to register online: https://reurl.cc/Q6GArb
With the support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, Ku was selected for a three-month residency at the 18th Street Arts Center. Ku uses military camouflage design as the main axis of her work, and blends glitches of computer systems and photographic images to present the intersection of physical and digital. Her artworks allow the audience to search for the artist's hidden message in a grid of pixels like a treasure hunt. The exhibition includes Terrain Vague, which presents her perspective on the relationship between people and land, and her long-standing concern for the issue of housing justice. Other works are Which One is Ling-Lin Ku?,Invisiphilia, Vanishing Point and Invisible Friend.
Ku will host an artist conversation with special guests, including photographer and installation artist Ara Oshagan, and filmmaker and artist Cynthia Madansky, exploring the relationship between the seen and unseen, research and the creative process. The film will be shown on the 18th Street Arts Center website (https://reurl.cc/95Q4pO
) on November 19 at 12 PM PST. A behind-the-scenes video will be released on Facebook on December 3 at 12 PM PST, featuring her studio, footage of her creative process, interviews with staff and artists, and other visual collages of research images.
Ku has an M.F.A. in Art History and Visual Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Her works have been exhibited in New York, Austin, Barcelona, and Salzburg. Ku has received many awards; she is one of the four recipients of the Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts awarded by the American Austrian Foundation, winner of the Umlauf Prize in Austin, and the Artadia Fellowship in Houston.