The Punk Aesthetic: Linder Sterling Exhibit Debuts at the Goss-Michael Foundation

Posted by    |    October 20th, 2012 at 5:50 am

The world-renowned Linder (Linder Sterling if you’re not part of the fan club) is the subject of the latest at The Goss-Michael Foundation opening, today in the Dallas Design District. The British artist, famous for her association with the 1970’s punk movement in England, will also have a career retrospective at the Musée d’art Moderne De La Ville de Paris later this year. I suppose your first retrospective in a major European museum is a sure-fire sign that you’ve made it. And Linder has definitely made it.

Whether you’re intimately familiar with the artist’s work or this is the first time you’ve heard of her, my guess is you won’t want to miss this show.

During the 1970s, Linder made a name for herself by creating collage-style art full of pop-culture iconography and appropriated photography. Her art gained fame in certain circles due in large part to its ideological connection to the anti-establishment, frenetic nature of the punk movement, which was, at the time, gaining steam throughout her native England.

In her early days, Linder was well-known for her art’s juxtaposition of provocative images with household appliances.

Since then her output has grown more diverse. Linder creates art in various media, including music, collage, performance, two-dimensional art and film. Despite her output, she maintains close ties to the radical feminist movement and consciously endeavors to critique society and the images we use to define ourselves and each other. Her goal, as is true of so many contemporary artists, has been to question our expectations and the ideals we and society have created for everything from gender identity to desire.

The Dallas exhibit of Linder’s work, entitled “Daughters of the Promised Land,” features a “large group of Linder’s characteristic collages and new large-scale photographs displayed in light boxes,” according to the Goss-Michael Foundation website. The pieces are all part of the private collection of George Michael and Kenny Goss.

Goss-Michael has chosen to showcase Linder’s work using large-scale light-boxes fitted with new montages, “originally hand-spliced as before and then re-photographed.” The light-boxes are meant to call to mind advertisements, again creating that conflicting connection between her art’s appearance and its actual intent.

Linder Sterling is an artist of our generation and for her generation. Don’t miss this show. Linder’s art will be on display at the Goss-Michael Foundation until January  31, 2013.