Myth-Inspired Paintings by Linden in “Mnemosyne” Exhibit, Opening May 29

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Detroit, MI – Hatch Art presents “Mnemosyne,” an exhibition of mixed media, and myth-inspired paintings by Detroit artist Linden. The art will be on exhibit at Cafe 1923 from May 1- May 29, with a reception on Friday, May 6. Three new works and a retrospective of paintings comprise Linden’s ongoing exploration of mythology reinterpreted through cityscapes.

The Reception on Friday, May 6 is from 6-9pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artist and enjoy an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, as well as delicious offerings for purchase from Cafe 1923.  The evening offers local duo St. Zita performing sublime melodies–pairing POWELLad_01the strings of the beautifully somber viola with the percussive plucks of the Chinese guzheng.

As spring is a time of revival, “Mnemosyne” celebrates an imagined return of old mythologies to modern cityscapes. Named in honor of the forgotten goddess of time and memory, Mnemosyne (pronounced nee-MOS-suh-nee), the series is a tribute to what these figures represented and contemplates those spirits present in our culture. These paintings celebrate the wonder of renewal, transformation, the endurance of mystery, and the hellish challenges endured. Characters from lore, including Egyptian, Greek, and Native American, fly amongst the skyscrapers and drift through streets.

Linden considers this show a reemergence after the process of recovering from a divorce and reinventing her life. “While I have had personal challenges,” Linden said, “my hope is that any observer of these paintings will find their own journey reflected.”garden01_Justin Gruenberg_april may 2016

“My paintings are meant to be portals,” comments the artist. “I use an ancient painting technique and symbols of the past to connect with the present observer, using an archival process that will last for generations and be carried into the future.”

Many of the works are encaustics, an ancient painting technique which combines beeswax, resin and pigment to achieve a layered luminescence. The beeswax is melted, painted on the panel and fused using a blowtorch or a heat gun. The painting is further manipulated with razor blades and other sharp implements.

Linden’s art gives nods to Art Nouveau, Lowbrow and children’s picture books.  She exhibited throughout metro Detroit, including the Damned Exhibition, Detroit Artists Market, and the Scarab Club. She helps foster art programs at the Ferndale Public Library. You can view her work at facebook.com/LynzCreates and at LindenArtworks.com.

Chamber_AD2_rainbowrunThe historic Cafe 1923 offers coffee, killer desserts, and gourmet sandwiches. The architecture and halcyon aesthetics are unique from any corporate coffeehouse.

The nonprofit Hatch: A Hamtramck Art Collective was founded by a diverse group of Hamtramck artists. Hatch provides a full calendar of events throughout the community, as well as exhibitions at the Hatch Art Gallery. They are a recipient of a grant from the Knight Foundation.

https://www.facebook.com/LynzCreates

http://www.hatchart.org/

http://www.cafe1923.com/

 

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