Michael Lindeman

Michael Lindeman (b. 1973) lives and works in Sydney. He received both a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours (First Class) in 1998 and a Master of Fine Arts, in 2004 from College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.

Michael Lindeman employs a distinctive coalescence of linguistics and imagery; satirical humour and social concern, to explore a wide-ranging yet somehow cohesive arrangement of ideas and images. The artist is interested in creating works that replicate the printing or writing process, reflected in their hard-edged, trompe l’oeil aesthetic. With deadpan humour and irreverence, Lindeman’s conceptual practice wryly addresses issues surrounding cultural meaning and the commodification of art. The irony here, of course, is that the artist himself is a willing participant of the commodity culture that increasingly commands contemporary art. By using text that often references various Australian suburbs and regional locations, and through the satirical elevation of banal subject to a gallery status, Lindeman’s work resuscitates amateur painting and presents it in a new light.

"Michael Lindeman is a young artist with an exceptionally sharp mind. When so much would-be Conceptual Art seems to have no idea whatsoever, Lindeman’s conceptually-based paintings are incisive and genuinely witty. Based on classified advertisements for works of art, they are as well observed as any landscape painting. The wording, at once banal but revealing, provides a timely reminder of the way the vast majority of the population approach the subject of art. They’d be depressing if they weren’t so funny." - John McDonald, 2011

Lindeman has exhibited in a number of exhibitions nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include Studio Chatter, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2015); LA International Biennal, 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica (2001); and The Lounge, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney (2000). Recent group exhibitions include Cars = My Automolove, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Queensland (2015); National Artists' Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (2013); Lie of the Land: New Australian Landscapes, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC (2012); House Inspection: Interior Motives, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane (2011); and Subtext: Art for Literacy, Carriageworks, Sydney (2011). In 2007 he was awarded a residency through the International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York. In 2010 Lindeman won both the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney and the Sulman Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney. He was a finalist for the Archibald Prize in 2011 and the National Artists’ Self Portrait Prize, University of Queensland Art Museum, in 2013. Recently, he is the finalist for the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize 2017.

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