Joan Linder PRIME

October 26 – December 7, 2023

Joan Linder Prime 1A9

Prime 1A9, watercolor, ink and acrylic on paper 

Handwerker Gallery at Ithaca College is pleased to present PRIME, a solo exhibition by Joan Linder. The show will be up from October 26 – December 7th and we will host an opening reception on Thursday, October 26th from 5 – 6:30pm. Linder will offer an artist talk in the Handwerker Gallery on November 30th at 6pm.

In our culture hyper-saturated by electronic imagery, Joan Linder uses the traditional materials of pen and bottled ink on paper to create life-size objects ad images.  For her show PRIME at the Handwerker Gallery, Linder is re-creating packaging of everyday consumer objects. Shipping and logistics information is intertwined with corporate branding, all faithfully reproduced by hand. In Fulfill, mass-produced boxes and bags are reconsidered in an unconventional art installation pondering the objects and aesthetics we invite into our homes. The magnitude of material used briefly then discarded is readily apparent to anyone who has ever made purchases online. This exhibition of seemingly unlimited editions - with their relentless similarity – offers the false promise of infinite resources, a deception we can no longer afford to take for granted.

Joan Linder is known for finding inspiration from her immediate surroundings, often in quotidian subjects. Her conceptual and observational works on paper have been included in national and international exhibitions at venues such as Museum of Fine Ars Boston, The Buffalo AKG Museum and the Davis Museum. Her work has been written about in Art News, Art in America, the New York Times and Hyperallergic among others. She has created permanent public art commissions for Metropolitan Transit Authority, and PS97 through Public Art for Public Schools in NYC and the University at Buffalo SUNY. She has received numerous grants and fellowships from organizations such as the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Yaddo and MacDowell.

Linder is a Professor of Art at the University at Buffalo, SUNY and is represented by Cristin Tierney Galley in NYC.