Past Artist In Residence
Born in Sydney, Australia, Michael Lindeman attended the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales to receive his BFA and MFA. His paintings and sculptures respond to global consumerism planned obsolescence, and a fabricated popular culture of indulgence. In 2001, he received a grant from the Australia Council of the Arts for a studio residency at 18th Street and here he focused his attention on the ubiquity of discarded objects and a moral order that was dominated by plasticized cartoon characters promoting childish notions of good and evil. His approach combines serious intent with ironic playfulness, as he is interested when making art in a nostalgic reminiscence and re-invention of unfashionable materials. Lindeman’s practice seeks to contain the hegemony of popular cultures, specifically its methodical absorption of sub-cultural ideals for power and wealth.