Linden New Art acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate, the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation and pays our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.


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IMAGE > Karla Dickens, Mother’s Little Helpers V, 2019, inkjet print, 67 x 120 cm.
Image courtesy of the artist and Andrew Baker Art Dealer.

Karla

KARLA DICKENS

My Mother’s Keeper
22 February 2020 > 30 August 2020


My Mother’s Keeper
 will feature a film and a series of new photographs produced as a result of a collaboration between the artist Karla Dickens and writer Bruce Pascoe. Initiated by the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation, the work focuses on the urgent need for us to protect and conserve the land and our environment.

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Jacqui Stockdale

The Long Shot
22 February 2020 > 30 August 2020


This new body of work extends Stockdale’s long-held fascination with early colonial times in Australia. The Long Shot explores the dominant narratives of Australian folk history, mythology and iconography and challenges their potency within a contemporary context. Based on extensive research, Stockdale presents a new version of Ned Kelly’s family history, with a focus on the experiences of Kelly’s mother, Ellen.

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Jacqui


IMAGE > Jacqui Stockdale, Historia [detail], 2015-2020, C-type print, 140 x 110cm.
Image courtesy of the artist
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IMAGE > Robert Fielding, Echoes #2 (Kapi Pilki Kapi Ilu) [detail], 2019, C-type print on lustre paper, 80 x 120 cm. Image courtesy of the artist, Mimili Maku Arts and Blackartprojects.

Robert

Robert Fielding

Routes / Roots
22 February 2020 > 30 August 2020


Robert Fielding is a contemporary artist of Pakistani, Afghan, Western Arrente and Yankunytjatjara descent, who lives in Mimili Community in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Fielding’s work combines strong cultural roots with contemporary perspectives.

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Isolate with Linden

The Linden team is happy to share some great links and art activities with you during the closure of the gallery.

Tips for surviving isolation  |   Kids Activities  |   Podcasts we recommend |   Food Obsession  |   Well-being  |   Craft Activities  |   Links from Galleries


TIPS FOR SURVIVING SELF ISOLATION  


Cat Hope

In 2019, Cat Hope presented a solo exhibition with Linden titled Sub Decorative Sequences. Cat is a composer, musician, songwriter and performance artist. For her show, she transformed the decorative elements of Linden’s interior design to create a unique graphic score that ran the lengths of the gallery walls and was performed by musicians in a series of special events. We asked Cat what she had been up to during lockdown and we were not surprised to find that repetition, routine and rhythm have underpinned her recent work.

“This most recent lockdown is hard. I have been feeling quite adrift but have now learnt you just go with that for a while and you eventually find your way back in when someone knocks on that virtual door. Luckily, early on I started a project that sees 2  x 2 minute new music commissions recorded every month, in the '2 Minutes From Home' project with my group Decibel. This has turned out to be pretty robust for these ups and downs: we all record our parts at home, and they are edited into short audio visual experiences where you see us playing, accompanied by a podcast series, and the score scrolling in a video released on the groups  social media. We have 20 to do, so this will take us up to the end of the year at least! Talk about Repetition, Routine and Rhythm! It strangely keeps us together. I recommend doing things with your gang that can withstand changes and are not conditional on 'things getting better'.

Robert Fielding

IMAGE > Portrait of Cat Hope, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist.

Tips from
Cat

Online experiences of visual art have not been as rewarding, but I have enjoyed getting access to galleries without having to travel. These are best when there are new and extra interviews added - it makes up for the paucity of online. I have been reading poetry, then sharing the books so I can talk to others about them: Antonia Pozzi in Italian with my friends there, rediscovering Emily Dickenson though a colleague's Instagram posts, taking me back to the texts, talking to my daughter over in Perth about Nikita Gill. There is a lot of great poetry on Instagram. A little book by Clarice Lispector called The Hour of the Star that I have returned to few times as it’s so rich and strange. Short is best for me right now. I have also read a beautiful book of dance as writing entitled The dancer in your hands <> by my PhD graduate Jo Polllit, that was recently published on UWA press.

Loving the online film festivals, most recently, Revelation's “Couched” version from Perth. Working with friends on low impact audio visual collaborations to see what happens - then trying to make my scores flash for an online collaboration with Chicks on Speed as part of Ars Electronica in Austria. And back to making silly Facebook posts instead of promotional ones. I have discovered GIFS and MEMES. I am a social person, and I think I have found a way!”

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Sam Leach
Sam Leach

In 2017, Sam Leach presented a solo exhibition with Linden titled Avian Interplanetary. This show was held at Domain House in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, while our Acland St home underwent a major renovation. We caught up with Sam to find out what he had been up to during lockdown and as it turns out, he has been very busy.

"My studio is at home and normally it is very quiet, but during lockdown I have been joined by my wife and daughters so isolation for me has meant a lot more human interaction than usual. Home-schooling has been fun – I found a mistake the maths teacher made, which was very satisfying. Some of the material they cover in school is quite interesting, and some is not.  But it is nice to recall how much fun it was mucking around with the other kids when the teacher isn’t looking – or when you have the camera turned off.

During round one of lockdown I added to my difficulties by building a new studio in my backyard and giving myself a couple of semi-serious (not actually serious though) injuries. Calling the ambulance and going to the hospital was an opportunity for conversations with different people and also an outing, so in a way quite a treat. I’m not sure what round two will hold but we have recently adopted a rescue cat (our beloved old cat died at the end of last year so we were ready for a new addition). Building a relationship with a new cat is a complex process so that is absorbing a lot of attention now. With what energy I have left after the cat and the home-schooling I am preparing for a solo show in Sydney at the end of August (touch wood). This show is paintings based on compositions developed using AI and its all about finding a way to have a society without anybody doing hard work. I started that idea before Covid but now it seems pretty apt."

Alicia King
Alicia King

2019. The exhibition aimed to raise questions about the use of technology to manipulate nature and biological systems, including the human body. We asked Alicia what she had been doing during lockdown and what had been keeping her motivated and entertained.

“While in lockdown I've started a new job and moved into a new house (both of which I'm very thankful for), so it's been quite a hectic time. I feel like I have less time now, even though I don't have a work commute anymore. I'm a bit of a workaholic homebody at the best of times, though in my 10th week working from home I finally have itchy feet to get out into the world again. In between packing up my old studio and setting up my new space I haven't had much creative time but having a break from making has been perfect for daydreaming and thinking about what I want to do next creatively. I've been doing a lot of reading and journal sketching, mapping out new project ideas; making the most of ACMI's free Wednesday night film program and links to queer films online; soaking up podcasts like Criminal and This is Love; disconnecting from the news-hype and avoiding COVID-19 conspiracy theory emails from certain family members. It's been a strange time.”

Kylie Stillman
Kylie Stillman

Kylie Stillman’s solo exhibition The Opposite of Wild was shown in 2017 at Domain House in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, while our Acland St home was being renovated. We asked Kylie what she had been working on recently and what had been keeping her entertained and motivated over the recent weeks.

“Isolation for me has had me yearning for everything audio. The need to be on screens to communicate for work and learning had me reach for Bluetooth headphones and speakers and flood the house and studio with music, audio readings and conversation. Here are my three loves that are getting me through:

Dan Fox has released a makeshift audio recording of his book ‘Limbo’; the work has been great to revisit in the current climate of isolation.

Richard Watts, 9am - 12pm Thursday on RRR Smart Arts. To be able to still hear from the Melbourne arts community has helped bring the wider world within virtual reach.

And for the kids (3-6 years old), I have discovered Kinderling, which plays quality kids radio programs and music all day long. 

Mimili Maku Arts
Mimili Maku Arts

Anna Wattler, Manager at Mimili Maku Arts, has shared an update on how the Mimili community have been handling the government restrictions put in place in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Though this has been a challenging time, it has also brought new opportunities to the community.

"Mimili is on the APY Lands, a region in the far northwest of South Australia. We have been under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act since mid-March. This means that entry to our region is strictly restricted, and requires 14 days of self-isolation.

Whist those measures may seem extreme, it has been absolutely essential for keeping everyone in community safe. Like many remote Aboriginal communities we experience severe levels of social disadvantage, manifested – amongst other things – in poor health and living conditions that make it hard to impossible to enact best-practice hygiene for prevention of community transmission of COVID. With high rates of diabetes, asthma and kidney disease, large parts of the population out here are considered high-risk when exposed to the virus. That is why the strategy of restricting access to the APY Lands was enacted very early on, and has been strictly executed since."

kids Activities

Tessellations
Tessellations

Tessellations are the covering of a surface using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps. They are an interesting way in which to create beautiful patterns and have fun learning about shapes.

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Google Artsandculture
Art Coloring Book
Art Coloring Book

Art Coloring Book is an experiment by Google. Colour your way through the palettes of famous paintings.

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Animal Vision Periscopes
Animal Vision Periscopes

This activity encourages consideration of how animals might view the world. Which animal will you be today? An eagle? A hammerhead shark? A chameleon? Think about all of the different features of your chosen animal’s habitat… you never know what you might spot on your adventures!

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Night Sky Lanterns
Night Sky Lanterns

Make your own upcycled tea light lanterns inspired by Winter Solstice night sky – the longest night of the year – which occurred on the 21st of June 2020.

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Our favourite podcasts

Food obsession!

Keep healthy and creative during your isolation. The kitchen is the place to be. 



Pasta canvas
inspired by artist Kirra Jamison

When thinking about repetition, routine and rhythm, there is only one recipe that springs to mind - pasta dough made from scratch. All it takes is a bit of flour, water, egg and a bit of time to knead, roll & shape and knead, roll & shape.

For this Cook Like an Artist, we decided to take it up a notch by making pasta inspired by Linden alumni artist Kirra Jamison.

Ingredients

  • 400g Tipo 00 flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch of sea salt
  • cold water

View full recipe here

Pasta
Canvas

Monet, The Galette

IMAGE > Pasta Canavas photos by Jasmin McNeill


Heston Blumenthal and Cheesecake With Emmental
Heston Blumenthal and Cheesecake With Emmental

This week we have looked to the master of magical cuisine, Heston Blumenthal, for our cooking inspiration. Well-known for creating illusory recipes such as ice cream pork pie or meat fruit, we have found a recipe that is achievable without a science-lab kitchen, yet still has that beautifully surprising element of not being all that it appears. 

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Anicka Yi's Lemon Pasta
Anicka Yi's Lemon Pasta

This recipe comes from artist Anikcka Yi, who told Mina “It is super tangy from the lemon juice, floral from the zest, and fresh from the addition of peas and herbs. It is filling yet light, and a platform for endless variations.”

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Paul Cézanne
Paul Cézanne

Embracing this week’s theme of transformation, Jasmin, our Events Coordinator, took to the kitchen with her seasonal farm produce to create Cézanne’s delectable Brousse cheese. Jasmin made this dish from her home-grown oranges, lemons, honey and goat’s milk. 

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MILLET’S BREAD ROLLS
MILLET’S BREAD ROLLS

This week we have gone for a recipe that would allow you some meditation time whilst baking, as well as the therapeutic pleasure of kneading dough. This is a recipe that was enjoyed by Monet and Millet, presumably because it left them plenty of time for painting as they waited for their rolls to rise.

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Take care of yourself and your family

Youtube
Takashi Kokubo
Takashi Kokubo

The ambient music of Takashi Kokubo just might be the perfect relaxing accompaniment to brighten any of your repeated household tasks .. you’ll feel like you’re vacuuming in a forest.

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Rhythmic backstitching
Rhythmic backstitching

There’s nothing quite like hand sewing for a meditative and menial task on a winters day in isolation. It's all about repetition, routine and rhythm. And it seems that sewing is a skill in high demand as the need for reusable face masks increases.

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Instagram
Need a Moment of Zen?
Need a Moment of Zen?

The Rubin Museum is using its Buddhist Art collection to offer daily mindfulness tips and guided meditation sessions. The museum is posting daily Instagram videos exploring Himalayan wellness traditions you can practice at home.

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Bandcamp
Sound meditation by Mona Ruijs
Sound meditation by Mona Ruijs

Support local artists and meditate with Mona Ruijs' 45-minute sound meditation on bandcamp ($5 AUD download for a limited time of one week).

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If you're concerned or if you require some help. Have a look at the headtohealth website here.
You can also call the Coronavirus mental wellbeing support service on 1800 512 348.
The Lifeline Crisis Support Chat is also available to help if you need.
You can also call Beyond Blue at 1800 512 348 or visit their website here.



Add a bit of art & craft in your life

Geometric Designs
Geometric Designs

Through this activity you will discover the satisfaction that comes from creating designs using two simple tools—a compass and a ruler. 

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Life of making
Terrazzo-Style Planter
Terrazzo-Style Planter

Transform your indoor or outdoor space with some new plant pots. Creating these terrazzo-style planters from polymer clay will add some colour to your space as well as giving you that sense of satisfaction that comes from a DIY challenge. It is a process with many steps, but we all know that transformation doesn’t always happen overnight!

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Frankie
Introduction to eco-dyeing
Introduction to eco-dyeing

This method of dyeing is free of harmful chemicals and showcases the beauty of nature. The process relies on trust and patience.

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sarahkbenning.com
crafty ways to stay zen
crafty ways to stay zen

Ever heard of meditative stitching? Well we hadn’t either, until we hand-picked our way through contemporary Australian artists to find the best and most crafty ways to stay zen.

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Few links from the art world

Youtube
Del Kathryn Barton
Del Kathryn Barton

In 2010 the ArtAnd Foundation asked Del Kathryn Barton to reimagine a timeless fairytale. A long-time aficionado of Oscar Wilde’s works, Barton chose The Nightingale and the Rose. With a score by Sarah Blasco, this poignant story is led by a vulnerable but emboldened feminine protagonist.

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Youtube
Celestial Motion
Celestial Motion

An immersive dance performance in virtual reality, Celestial Motion is inspired by the imagery of solar physics. Choreographed by Alexander Whitley and made in association with Sadler's Wells Theatre, the experience features 360-degree filming and motion-capture technology. The dancers are visualised both in human form and as other-worldly digital figures in a cosmic landscape, showcasing the choreography from a unique perspective.

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Youtube
The Garifuna Collective
The Garifuna Collective

Black Catbird is a beautiful video clip by The Garifuna Collective. It features birdsong from species in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The visuals are stunning and based on Mexico's textile traditions.

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Youtube
Dior
Dior

Enter a world of mythological beauty and see the preview of Dior’s Autumn-Winter 2020-2021 Haute Couture collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri, showcased in an exclusive film directed by Matteo Garrone.

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