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Blue sink, 2012 © Courtesy of the artist & Mixed Greens Gallery
© Courtesy of the artist & Mixed Greens Gallery

531 W.26th St.
New York, NY
April 25th, 2013 - May 24th, 2013
Opening: April 25th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Closed as of January 2016


Mixed Greens is thrilled to present Sink, Joan Linder’s fifth
solo exhibition with the gallery. In previous exhibitions, Linder
wove themes relating to power, anxiety, sexuality, domesticity,
and politics through large-scale drawings of seemingly
disparate subject matter. In this acutely focused exhibition, she
delves deeply into a single object: her kitchen sink.
Linder has spent countless hours rendering quotidian objects
and places—everything from junk mail to an entire dive bar—in
excruciating, life-size detail. For the Sink series, Linder shifts
her approach. Rather than complete a drawing and move to
another subject, Linder draws and redraws her kitchen sink,
recording the passage of time as reflected in one specific
household location. Her obsessive observations result in
hundreds of detailed renderings of the sink in various stages
of use: brimming with dishes, recently washed, or practically
untouched. The drawings chronicle her daily life, her dirty
dishes, and her routine for a period of two years. Some sinks
appear in black and white with fine detail. Others are dense
with multiple superimposed layers—a visual cacophony color
coded with the date and time each layer was drawn. Most
surprisingly, the exhibition also includes a 13-foot-long
accordion-fold book that splays open to reveal a life-size
drawing of Linder’s complete kitchen counter rendered in full
color, kitchen sink and all.
The kitchen sink is a loaded symbol of labor, accumulation,
and time. However, unlike the oozing masculinity of Jim Dine’s
hammers or Lucien Freud’s studio sink (encrusted with paint
and the tap running wastefully), the kitchen sink represents an
unwanted chore, the repetition involved with domesticity, and,
in unenlightened households, women’s work. Linder playfully
and incisively transforms this monotony into a different kind of
labor through vigorous and colorful contour drawings,
continuous line drawings, and realistic renderings. She studies
this banal, yet powerful, fixture in her life and uses it as a
metonym for motherhood, family, and the passage of time. In
Linder’s exhibition, Sink, you discover that when you are really
looking, you will not see the same sink (or sinks full of dishes)
Let it be noted: Linder and her live-in boyfriend split household
Joan Linder lives and works in Buffalo, NY. She has shown at
notable venues including The Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense,
Denmark; The Jewish Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; Weatherspoon
Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC; Diverse Works,
Houston, TX; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum,
Ridgefield, CT; Queens Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston, MA; The Bronx Museum, NY; and The Everhart
Museum, Scranton, PA. Prestigious awards include a Smack
Mellon residency, a MacDowell residency, the Foundation of
Jewish Culture’s Ronnie Heyman Award, and a Pollack
Krasner grant. Linder was recently included in Decade: 10
Years of Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art gallery in Buffalo,
NY. In 2012, she also completed a permanent installation at
the 71st Street D Line Station in Brooklyn, NY, for the MTA.