In an attempt to reconcile sources of daily anxiety while simultaneously recording seemingly mundane facets of life, artist Joan Linder painstakingly illustrates the objects that fill her days. Objects such as junk mail, weeds, resumes, and domestic items are all rendered with the greatest of detail through the most economic of means, paper and pen.
Cost of Living is the title of the artist’s most recent exhibition, on view now at Mixed Greens in New York City. The exhibition contains several new drawings from multiple series including Documents, a series of to scale drawings of the artist’s bills, advertisements, schedules, coupons, instructions and directions. The ink and watercolor drawings, which are all strewn across a glass table top in the gallery, are a near exact replica of their source material and offer an intimate look into the artists personal life.
Other works included in Cost of Living are from the artist’s resume series. These works, which are hand drawn reproductions of artist resumes, include an out dated copy of artist Louise Bourgeois’ resume. The famed artist’s resume outlines just what it means to have a successful and enduring career as an artist.
Cost of Living marks the fourth solo exhibition for the artist at Mixed Greens. Other recent exhibitions include, More Fun in the New World at Judi Rotenberg Gallery in Boston and the pink at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo. The artist currently lives and works in Buffalo, New York and received her MFA from Columbia University (1996).