SAN FRANCISCO, CA.-
For his third solo exhibition at Gallery 16
, Charles Linder presents a range of new sculpture which extend the artist's belief that art is a byproduct of a life well lived. Linder's art has long been the tangible remnant of his lifestyle. For some, the merger of art and life is an intellectual process, more thought than action. John Cage famously said "Ideas are one thing and what happens is another." For Charles Linder, the integration of his life and his artwork is unconscious. He is an instigator of experiences. He uses poetry, punning, humor and a witty intelligence to make beautiful objects from cultural detritus. In this show we find hand made chandeliers, repurposed-objects, symbols of Linder's interest in the sublime and the absurd. Each of the works in the show could be said to be typical of his work, while each is also unlike anything he's ever attempted before. If the role of the artist is Lightbringer, then Linder has surely arrived at a dark cave with fire and accelerants. Expect electric pork and a Lilliputian Porsche.
Charles Linder: Vespertine
Linder's opening at the gallery also served as the booksigning and release party for his new monograph published by G16 Editions - Vespertine. The book serves as a retrospective of images chronicling 20 years of artwork and inspirations. The 108 page hard bound book offers the viewer a glimpse into Linder's varied career as an artist, dealer, traveler, hunter, founder of Refusalon and Lincart. We can see where he trains his eye and the fortuitous moment where his life becomes artwork.
Gallery 16's exhibition program involves artists working in a wide range of media exploring a variety of aesthetic, conceptual, and technological issues. If there is a predominant theme, it is art as a form of research and an act of investigation.
Over the years Gallery 16 has had the luxury of working with some of the world's most notable contemporary artists and have encouraged young emerging artists. Gallery 16's program has involved 14 artists included in Whitney Biennial Exhibitions, several SECA award winners,and their work is included in countless museum collections.