Linder Sterling

Introducing Linder Sterling, coming soon to The Hepworth Wakefield

February 7, 2013

Opening on Saturday 16 February 2013, the new exhibitions at The Hepworth Wakefield feature contemporary artists Alice Channer, Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Linder Sterling.

The works will be arriving over the next few days and we are expecting ceramics, painting, casting, large-scale installations (including a hammock-like piece outside in the grounds of The Hepworth Wakefield) and beautiful collages from Linder.

We decided to find out a bit more about Linder and her inspiration behind the exhibition…

Linder has been primarily working with collage for the past three decades, spanning her iconic 1970s posters and record sleeves for punk band Buzzcocks to the light-box sculptures that will be on display at The Hepworth Wakefield. She works with wide range of imagery from dainty floras and birds to more risque images of the female form (the Buzzocks’ album cover features a woman with an iron for a head and grinning mouths for nipples!) meaning that he work is often full of juxtapositions.

Studying in Manchester, Linder became heavily involved in the punk and post-punk scene in the city, founding band Ludus in 1978, her work has drawn influence from musical collaborations since, she counts Morrissey as one of her friends.  For her exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, Linder will be collaborating with musician Stuart McCallum from The Cinematic Orchestra, choreographer, dancer Kevin Tindall from Northern Ballet and fashion designer Pam Hogg for a performance piece on the 11 May called The Ultimate Form.

The Hepworth Wakefield has some footage of one of the first rehearsals of the piece over on their YouTube channel. Linder has described “the legacy of Barbara Hepworth providing the discrete pulse for this new work” – which is apparent in the shapes that the dancers make with their bodies.

Northern Ballet dancers Hannah Bateman, Jessica Morgan and Victoria Sibson in The Ultimate Form
Photo: Darren Goldsmith

There’s one more thing we must share about Linder – did you know she wore a dress made from meat way before pop star Lady Gaga? Performing on stage at Manchester’s Hacienda in 1982, her dress was adorned with discarded chicken meat stitched into a black net dress.

Linder’s exhibition opens at The Hepworth Wakefield on the 16 February and runs until the 12 May. Admission is free and the gallery is open 10am – 5pm Tuesday – Sunday and until 9pm on the third Thursday of the month. The gallery is also open on Mondays during school holidays.

Image: Linder Sterling, The False Bride, 2012. Courtesy Stuart Shave / Modern Art, London © The artist