Published on February 19th, 2013 | by Vincent Jobse
Grinning nipples, iron head – the art of Lindner
A naked female body, her nipples replaced by grinning mouths, her head: a household iron – this design idea is typical for Lindner –born Linda Mulvey, in 1954. It formed the start of her artistic career: designer and art director Malcolm Garrett used this image for the sleeve of Orgasm Addict, the first single of Britain’s legendary punkband Buzzcocks, in 1977. Both Garrett and Lindner were students at Manchester art college, back then.
Lindner’s photo-montaged work fitted perfectly in the seventies: dynamic, ironic, unpolished, feministic. Lust objects mixed with pictures of domestic appliances, cutlery or flowers. Many of her works were published in the punk collage fanzine Secret Public, which she founded with John Savage.
In addition to visual art, Linder has in recent years devoted herself to performance art and photography, film, print and artefact, with themes as outsiderdom, religious non-conformism, ecstatic states and female divinity.
Now in Creative Review: a feature on Lindner and APFEL, the agency that designed both the monograph on Lindner (a massive 200-page fanmagazine) and the retrospective exhibition that now takes place at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris.
Lindner Femme / Objet | Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris | February 1 to April 21 2013 | ma.paris.fr
Creative Review, February 2013
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