Simon Linke has been making paintings based on the advertisements in Artforum magazine since 1987. Initially reflecting contemporary concerns about the status of art in a commodity based culture Linke's work has grown into a complex reflection on the role of memory through a distinction between personal and collective histories and a reflection on how value might be redefined as lying somewhere between the two.
In each painting the image of the source material is transformed by a meticulous reconstruction of the selected advertisement through a richly textured surface created in oil paint. Both expressive and constrained the collision of competing meanings highlights the pragmatic challenges of creativity while asserting the efficacy of it's opposite, the fantasy that we can escape the gravitational pull of conventionalised existence.
Simon Linke lives and works in London.
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