Isolate with Linden

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

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TIPS FOR SURVIVING ISOLATION  


Andrew Atchinson

What you have been working on during lockdown and how lockdown may have impacted your work, for example access to your studio or materials?

I am lucky to not have been badly affected by the current pandemic. However, I haven’t been able to access my studio during lockdown so I have been working at home using what materials and equipment are close to hand. Recently, I began working on a new series of photographs. The idea for these works has persisted in the back of my mind for a few years, and because the camera is portable and I will be able to resolve the works on my computer, this seemed like the right time to realise it.

Any podcasts, books, films and music that you have been enjoying, or that have inspired you?

I listen to music to keep up energy levels and block out distractions when working, and lately I have been listening to sets by some of my favourite DJs, like DJ Hell, Helena Hauff and Nina Kraviz. It is interesting that even with venues closed electronic music has not slowed down. The sets are freely shared online and people all over the world tune in. Bedroom dancing is the other current global pandemic, for sure. There is great generosity and a sense of mutual appreciation between listeners and DJs, and I am enjoying being a part of that community during isolation.

Tips from
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IMAGE > Andrew Atchison, Figure in the Round (Mobile), 2018. Image courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Theresa Harrison Photography.

Any tips you might have for keeping going and staying motivated?

It is easier said than done, but I think if artists can find an opportunity to work differently than they usually do it can counteract the frustration of not being able to follow through with original plans. If you can’t make art, it is a great time to research your favourite artists. For me, listening to an artist talk about their work is fantastic for rekindling inspiration. Going back to the source is vitalising.

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Julie Shiels
Julie Shiels

In 2019, Julie Shiels presented a solo exhibition of her work in the Linden Projects Space, titled Hidden Lide, A Domestic Study. This series of photographs captured objects and spaces from angles that made them unfamiliar. Shiels’ photographic and sculptural practice encourages us to look more carefully at the world around us, especially the things that are hidden in plain sight. Shiels is a passionate environmental activist and she has spent her time during lockdown focussing on the future of our planet. 

I usually work from home, so the lockdown hasn’t much changed the way I work. But the climate emergency has. No point just focussing on the plague when you can worry about the ecological collapse as well. 

Consequently, the curiosities of my arts practice, while offering a welcome retreat from a traumatised world, have seemed frivolous. So regardless of having uninterrupted time for artmaking, I initially found myself building a new garden. That was until I revisited a previous interest in Deep Time and the Anthropocene, areas of enquiry which both satisfy my need to distract myself from the news and make work that engages with our uncertain future.

I have been reading Donna Harraway’s Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene and Anthropocene Poetics: Deep Time, Sacrifice Zones, and Extinction by David Farrier. While both books address the existential threat to the planet, they have been oddly comforting, and are informing my new online project. ‘Letters to the Future in the Age of the Anthropocene’

The project is quite is different from the work have been making over the last 10 years and is an extension of an earlier socially engaged practice. Contributors are invited to create a letter, postcard, a fiction, a photo, an artwork, poem, or song for the website which is intended to be creative portal to assist us in dealing with the times ahead.

I consume way too much world news and current affairs, listen to too many podcasts, and continue my practice of swearing at the TV and the radio over the recalcitrant behaviours of a political class focussed on the petty and the partisan. Sadly, there has been no creative development of my cursing style, which remains pure potty-mouth. But when it gets too much, the poetics of Deep Time, geology and the natural world is a comforting distraction, reminding me that in the vast scheme of things, humans are not really that significant.

Lisa Waup
Lisa Waup

In 2019, Lisa Waup presented an exhibition of her work at Linden titled Carry Me Softly. This was shown alongside an exhibition of work from the Baluk Arts studio, titled Elements, which she curated. Carry Me Softly included a series of shields and coolamons and explored the concepts of the vessel, places of belonging, loss and motherhood. In a show of immense strength and power, all the artists reflected on what they carry and what they have let go. We asked Lisa what had been keeping her occupied through lockdown.

At present I am studying a Master of Contemporary Art through the Victorian College of the Arts. I did get a taste of being on campus - three weeks in, then the whole thing shut down. Ever since then I have been tethered to a computer and zoom classes. It has been challenging - yet at the same time it has been a wonderful distraction to what is happening outside my home.  I feel fortunate that I have had such wonderful support from the incredible lecturers at the VCA, and my brilliantly resilient and creative cohort.

I won't say it hasn't been challenging, and at times I have greatly lost motivation to create. I guess I also had a particular path I dreamt I would have been on this year and it has diverted considerably. The up-side is I am learning a great deal about art theories, and being directed to look at artists that I didn't know existed which has been incredible.Through an essay that I wrote last semester, I was able to do a lot of in-depth research about certain Aboriginal women artists that I greatly admire and inspire me. I have been thinking about how I can draw similarities out through the context of their work that I feel also drive my practice.I have been buying a lot of online books, art magazines, and exhibition catalogues to shows I wished I could have gone to - such as NIRIN, Destiny Deacon at NGV and also a recently arrived book/catalogue Nyapanyapa Yunupingu - the moment eternal - which was shown at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.I have some incredible curatorial projects and exhibitions coming up, so am focusing on that at present. I am feeling so thankful that I have a creative spirit at this moment in time, I am forever amused and directed by it, at times in the most unusual ways. 

Shane Nicholas
Shane Nicholas

Shane Nicholas was a finalist in the Linden Art Prize 2019. The works he presented in this exhibition, which had been created as part of his Masters of Fine Art degree at the VCA, were produced using 3D scanning of the artist’s body, 3D printing, rescanning and reprinting. The distortions in the sculptural forms were caused by errors that occurred when translating the subject into digital data, and then back into a real-world object. The final forms of these works were therefore unexpected and the result of a process of chance and discovery. We asked Shane what had been keeping him busy through lockdown.

“The current circumstances eerily coincide with my most recent ongoing project. I have been working with CT scans and MRIs made during the diagnosis of my heart condition a few years ago. The condition is quite rare and was most likely caused by a virus. The correlation between imaging technologies used for diagnoses and my data-driven artwork fascinated me. The work investigates human vulnerability in the midst of an increasingly technologised world.

Moving house three days before Stage 4 restrictions caused a very unsettled few weeks working from home while supervising our four-year-old. Now that I have a studio space more or less organised, I am feeling grounded and ready to experiment.

Before leaving my previous residence, Nina Sanadze filmed me for her BUSTV project Living Room, filming artists in their home studios during lockdown. The video has quickly become a record of a previous state in an environment that is ever changing.

Teaching online and working with a lot of software, my coping strategies have become increasingly analogue. I long for precious moments when I can listen to a record or read a book. I have been finding solace in jazz and soul from the early 1970s, namely Lonnie Liston Smith’s Cosmic Funk, Miles Davis’ On the Corner and Zambian psychedelic rock from the same period. This music communicates a deep enthusiasm for creativity and an optimism for a united future. I have been reading Superhumanity: Design of the Self, Dungeons, Dragons & Digital Denizens and Wired Magazine to serve my interests surrounding the ways technology and life intersect. Although it has been good to view art collections online from across the globe, it has reinforced the need for sculpture to be viewed in relation to the body. I predict that sculpture and spatial practice will play an important role in the near future.”

Kate Wallace
Kate Wallace

Last Summer Kate Wallace presented her work in the Linden Projects Space in a group show titled Coalescence, which brought together the diverse practices of the board of directors of Alternating Current Art Space. Wallace showed a series of small oil paintings, each only 18 x 13cm, that delicately captured quiet and fleeting scenes. The exhibition examined the nature of connection and how friendships can lead to fruitful and inspired outcomes. We have been interested to find out what small things Kate has been doing during lockdown.

“Since lockdown began, I’ve ‘transformed’ part of the kitchen space into a studio of sorts. As my normal studio is located in the city, it’s been difficult to form a routine during this time, particularly with the fridge so close. In July, I was meant to be going to New York for an artist residency. Given how much the world has changed in the past six months, this is a strange thought.

While limited contact with family and friends has been difficult, I’ve cherished the time lockdown has brought as a counter to the fast-paced norm of the everyday. Walking in nearby parks and reserves has kept me sane, as has exploring areas like Warrandyte (although this is sadly now outside our 5km.)

Aside from this, podcasts have served as a great background while I paint. There’s a few, but some worth a listen include TalkArt, BowDown, Debutante: Race, Resistance and Girl Power, Talking with Painters, Pro Prac, Simon Scharma’s Great Gallery Tours via BBC, In Our Time, The New Abnormal, Drinking with the Artist, A Brush With and Qiq pods. I’ve recently gone back to reading The Poetics of Space (which is a nice book to go back to at the moment) and The Drowned World

Currently I am developing work as part of the Constant Ecology Residency. Through this project I have been exploring ideas of nostalgia, escapism and isolation via painting and a series of short stories and personal reflections in a blog. It’s been interesting to develop this part of my practice that is often kept to a series of scrawls in a notebook!”

kids Activities

Balancing Scale Sculpture
Balancing Scale Sculpture

Learn to create the perfect balancing act.

By making a simple and fun balancing scale sculpture. Uniquely designed from resourceful materials found around your home. Experiment with weighing scales created with various shapes, sizes and colours, to find that ideal equilibrium.

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Hourglass
Hourglass

Create a colourful Hourglass to measure moments of time. Will it pass quickly or very slowly?    

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Roman Arch | Keystone Bridge
Roman Arch | Keystone Bridge

Fun and a little bit of a challenge, create a Roman Arch or Keystone bridge. Throughout time the ingenuity of the keystone concept demonstrates structural strength and dates back as far as the Romans!

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Pop-up Postcards
Pop-up Postcards

Bring a little unexpected colourful surprise into someone else’s day by creating a rainbow pop-up card to send in the mail. Of course, you can replace the rainbow with a pop-up image of your choice.

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Our favourite podcasts

Food obsession!

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



Spent Coffee
Grounds Shortbread

The demand for food globally will increase by around 70 per cent between now and 2050.[1]

 The way humanity currently consumes and produces food must change dramatically within this time frame. To put it simply, we do not have the resources to sustainably achieve an adequate food supply to meet this demand on today’s diet.

In order to strike a balance between supply and demand a rethink of what goes on in the kitchen is required: how our food is produce, where we can source it locally, and what we can do to put an end to food wastage.

We invite you to tighten your apron strings and boldly put nature at the heart of your kitchen decisions by trying sustainable future food today!

[1] Global Agriculture Towards 2050, FAO – United Nations

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Sustainable
future food!

Monet, The Galette

ACTIVITY & IMAGE > Sebastian Haeusler


Slow Food
Slow Food

We invite you to clear your next Sunday schedule and to dedicate a day to some slow food Italian cooking inspired by the heritage of Carlo Petrini.

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supercharged smoothie
supercharged smoothie

Start your day strong with this Banana-Oat Breakfast Smoothie!

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Drink like an artist
Drink like an artist

If lockdown is making you want to hit the source like a YBA in the 90s … here are some cocktail ideas to get you started. (Please drink responsibly)

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Cook like an artist > Claes Oldenburg
Cook like an artist > Claes Oldenburg

This week, the team challenged our Director, Melinda, to make a meal that looks like an artwork. A stickler for simplicity, it is not entirely surprising that Melinda’s recipe has just one ingredient.

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Take care of yourself and your family

Artist Speakeasy > Looking after yourself through change and uncertainty
Artist Speakeasy > Looking after yourself through change and uncertainty

Tuesday 29 September, 3PM-4PM
FREE, suitable for practicing visual artists

This event aims to improve the wellbeing of practicing artists during the pandemic. Using tools that will help you achieve a sense of security for the future, boosted self-esteem, stronger connections in our communities and, most importantly, some room to breathe.

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Music to take on the world
Music to take on the world

The Linden team, board and volunteers have all contributed to this list of songs that make us feel strong and geared up to take on any challenge thrown at us … enjoy!

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ABC News
how can you tell if you need help?
how can you tell if you need help?

When the world's falling apart, how can you tell if you need help with your mental health?

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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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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

Equilibrium (Mobile)
Equilibrium (Mobile)

This activity is inspired by Atchison's Figure in the Round (Mobile), a stunning example of a “free-wheeling mobile form to depict the subject as a shifting constellation.” In order to find a perfect balance between differently shaped objects, each a different material and weight, one must shift each component and re-evaluate it’s position. Just like life, we must constantly shift and adapt to restore balance.

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Time-Lapse
Time-Lapse

Time-lapse is a cinematography technique that can show the change of something over period of time whether minutes or hours long in a matter of seconds. It has been used to show the change of sunsets, seeds germinating, the rotation of the earth through the nights sky and the progress of an artwork.

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Knot art
Knot art

This activity guides you through the process of making an Ocean Plait Mat, a versatile and functional knot for the home. It can be useful as a coaster, table mat, door mat or heat pad. For a range of other useful knots, we recommend visiting Animated Knots for simple how-to’s.

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Postal Party Packs
Postal Party Packs

We know that seeing your favourite people via a screen is not ideal, but here are some ways to make it a bit more fun. Take turns to play party host, source the contents of your party packs, and send them to your guests. You might even want to prepare a prize for the grand winner to send physically or digitally after the party. 

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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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