Linder is the post-punk feminist artist deconstructing cultural expectations

From porn to Presley.

[R]enowned for her punk and post-punk game-changing aesthetics, Linder Sterling is heading down a new path on The Grand Tour on a cultural road trip and as the first ever artist-in-residence at Chatsworth. A radical feminist, Linder has always focused on breaking down boundaries and expectations: cutting out images from porn or domestic women’s magazines, she created montages that shut down the treatment of female body as a commodity. Notorious for creating the artwork of the Buzzcocks’ Orgasm Addict cover, the work exemplified her aesthetic and beliefs: a naked woman with an iron for a head and smiling mouths instead of nipples. At Chatsworth, Linder will be cutting out new influences for her works; generating images she will take inspiration from the deep history of the house, and the surrounding intricate landscapes and architecture.

Linder, Untitled (Johnny Ray), 2017. Courtesy of Stuart Shave/Modern Art, Dependance, Andrehn Schiptjenko, Blum & Poe

Linder, Untitled (Johnny Ray), 2017. Courtesy of Stuart Shave/Modern Art, Dependance, Andrehn Schiptjenko, Blum & Poe

“I've become adept at time travel, studying various treasures from the collection in order to steer my course through centuries past. Time here folds in upon itself, it's a very heady sensation, one that's hard to resist." - Linder Sterling

Across a Grand Tour, Linder will explore the various aspects of her art: retrospectively – through 150 works from over 40 years of photomontage, graphics, costume and performance at ‘House of Fame’, Nottingham Contemporary – and prospectively – through a new ‘sensorium’ at Chatsworth where her time there has resulted in a newly developed style of creating. As the gallery explained, “Linder has immersed herself in the life of the stately home and its 500-year history, producing a series of works to be experienced, through a variety of senses; creating incense from the aromatic plants on the estate, recording oral stories, and using the everyday sounds of the house for new musical compositions alongside new photomontages”.

Linder, You search but do not see, 1981-2010. Courtesy of Stuart Shave/Modern Art, Dependance, Andrehn Schiptjenko, Blum & Poe

Linder, You search but do not see, 1981-2010. Courtesy of Stuart Shave/Modern Art, Dependance, Andrehn Schiptjenko, Blum & Poe

Set to be two unmissable exhibitions, you can learn all you need to know about Linder’s impressive past at ‘House of Fame’ and be a part of her future at Chatsworth. Also at Nottingham Contemporary will be a constellation of Linder’s influences, where more than 100 pieces by around 50 practitioners will be displayed – spanning art, photography, architecture, fashion and music.

The Grand Tour runs from 24th March until 17th June 2018, for more information click here. Click through the gallery below for a sneak peek into the exhibitions.

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