Linder Announced as Winner of Latitude Contemporary Art Award 2012

Artist and musician, Linder, has been announced as the winner of the third Latitude Contemporary Art (LCA) Award and Exhibition, taking the £10,000 prize for her artwork Stringed Figure (Octobass for the 21st Century) (Version I) in a prestigious ceremony in the woodland Iris Gallery of the 2012 Latitude festival.

Linder’s early career was forged in the punk and post-punk scenes of 1970’s Manchester. She first rose to prominence through her seminal collages juxtaposing images from porn with consumer magazines which formed iconic record sleeves for the bands Buzzcocks and Magazine. Her most recent solo exhibition was at Stuart Shave/Modern Art (2011) and her thirteen hour performances of The Darktown Cakewalk: Celebrated from the House of FAME at The Arches in Glasgow (Sorcha Dallas Gallery) and at London’s Chisenhale Gallery (2010). Linder’s film Forgetful Green, which features characters from her performances, was commissioned for Ch4/Frieze Film in 2010, with Tim Walker as cinematographer and costumes by Richard Nicoll. In January 2013 Linder will have a retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, and is collaborating with Northern Ballet to create a new work which will premier there.

Stringed Figure (Octobass for the 21st Century) (Version I) takes as its base the octobass, a larger version of the double bass, of which there are only four in the world. Two were created in the late eighteenth century and are now in museums in Paris and the US, while recently two further octobasses were recreated in Europe, following the eighteenth century tradition. Linder’s Octobass for the 21st Century departs radically in form and structure from its predecessors; it is far more sculptural and minimal. The lowest notes created by the octobass are inaudible to the human ear; the sound is experienced viscerally in the body. At LCA Linder’s the octobass was played away from the confines of the concert hall and located within the woodlands, a sonic spirit of the landscape.

Commenting on winning the LCA, Linder said:

“Showing the (title) for LCA was joyous, as if the ghosts of Barbara Hepworth and Hector Berlioz were on a blind date and got on very well, despite their differences. Everyone at LCA made sure that the ghosts were left undisturbed and did their best to make us all feel at home. The woodlands were spectacular; I didn’t really want to ever leave.

“My fellow artists had each made works that articulated their own unique vision, so that we and the trees were quite something. Being the third winner of the LCA prize was a great moment, a vote of confidence from the great and the good. Nature and nurture finally triumphed and I’m indebted to all at LCA for making it happen.”

The LCA is curated by Melvin Benn, founder and creator of Latitude and Managing Director of Festival Republic, Ben Borthwick, CEO of Artes Mundi, Ami Jade Cadillac, Managing Director of Lavish Design, freelance arts critic Louise Gray, and Anne Hilde Neset, Artistic Director at Ny Musikk and Contributing Editor at The Wire.  Judges for this year were Melvin Benn, Lizzie Carey-Thomas, Curator of Contemporary British Art at Tate Britain, and BBC broadcaster and journalist Martha Kearney

The commissioned artists for 2012 were handpicked by the curators for their innovative and challenging conceptual portfolios. They were Linder, Tom Dale, George Young, Lisa Peachey and Andy Holden, along with last year’s winning artist Andy Harper.

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