Artist: Claude Van Lingen
"TIMEKEEPER" Claude Van Lingen + + + + +
A Claude van Lingen Retrospective
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9th, 7-11pm
@ Co-Lab Projects' DEMO Gallery
721 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm
Co-Lab Projects proudly presents TIMEKEEPER, a retrospective of the life and works of artist Claude van Lingen, whose work displays the passage and contemplation of time. While time is a seemingly ungraspable element of life, Claude has made it a focus of his work since 1978, concerning himself with both the future and past by analyzing what specific paint colors may look like in 1,000 years, or predicting which animals may be extinct in the future, the fate of the world through natural disasters, memorializing events such as 9/11 or casualties of war. Whether it be the passage of time documented through the work or the persistence of time acting on the piece, through deterioration or addition, Claude continually offers time the opportunity to take control. His insatiable curiosity for materials and process has produced a lifetime's worth of work encompassing a spectrum of media including painting, drawing, writing, video, and sculpture.
Claude was born in Vereeniging, South Africa (1931) where he discovered a passion for art at a young age. Painting chalices and elephants, he made his first sale of a watercolor at the age of 15 and took art lessons at the local technical college. He also attended Johannesburg College of Art where he graduated with distinctions and was voted “best student” by his peers and professors. From there he spent a year in Paris on sabbatical where he studied for 4 months at the Academi Notre-Dame des Champs under Henri Goetz. Later, after moving to the United States in 1978, he went on to study at Pratt Institute where he received his MFA. Claude relocated to Austin, Texas in 2006 and has been an extremely active contributor to Austin’s art community since.
Claude has also been a major contributor to the education of others through his years of teaching which he began at Dr. Malan High School in Meyerton, South Africa, and after which he taught at Johannesburg College of Art for 14 years. During his time there he was made chairman of the Teacher Training Department and Fine Art Department, and developed the Perceptual Studies course for the college in which he encouraged students to find their individual voices and explore multiple avenues for creating rather than focusing on traditional practices. Claude himself was so inspired by the success of his students that he implemented the process and methodology into his own work and is currently writing a book based on his teaching. An excerpt may be found at www.artcreativitycontroversy.com. After moving to the U.S. he taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York and most recently was an adjunct professor at Austin Community College. In addition to his prolific career as an educator, Claude also worked as a graphic designer for Scholastic (NYC) for nearly 13 years designing ads for the Goosebumps and Harry Potter series.
Claude's work can be found in the collections of the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas as well as museums in South Africa, such as the Johannesburg Art Gallery, and the Durban Art Gallery. His work has been exhibited at countless galleries and museums nationally and internationally including the National Museum in Johannesburg, John Weber Gallery (NYC), Public Image Gallery (NYC), White Box (NYC), as well as many galleries here in Texas including Cinnabar (San Antonio), Pump Project (Austin), Tiny Park (Austin), grayDUCK Gallery (Austin), and Northern-Southern (Austin). His series “Flexibles” was prominently featured in the 1975 Sáo Paulo Biennial, and one piece in particular from this series is being recreated for this retrospective.
TIMEKEEPER is Claude’s fourth solo exhibition with Co-Lab Projects and the most comprehensive to date. His website, www.claudevanlingen.net shows examples of his early work, “Flexibles”, the “1000 Years From Now” series, press, and his full CV.
Special thanks to our summer intern Samantha Lahey who spent the summer researching Claude's life, and who helped write this statement.
"1000 Years From Now, Now, Now..." Claude Van Lingen + + + + +
N Space (905 Congress) On view during open hours every Wednesday 5:30-8PM and by appointment
Project Space (613 Allen) On view during events and by appointment only
Claude van Lingen has been exploring the concept 1000 Years From Now since 1978. This concept has been explored using dates, lists of names, figurative and non-figurative painting combined with TV sets and slivers of mirror that record and reflect the passing of time, well into the future.
The paintings, drawings, and mixed media constructions consider not only the linear concepts of space and time, but the layering of the physical, conscious, and subconscious experiences we might have as individuals or as a global collective. In other words, these works encapsulate the events, emotions, and conditions that link the past, the ever changing present, and the unknown/anticipated future into an inextricable whole.
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Co-Lab Project Space
Claude van Lingen’s 1000 Years from Now Installation and Collaborative Performance is a reflection on the complex times in which we live and the future that awaits us.
In this incarnation of his 1000 Years from Now theme broadcast TV images will be projected onto the gallery wall and a number of narrow panels on which images from print media have been collaged. These panels will be flanked by slivers of mirror and blank strips in a configuration of approximately 8’ h x 16’ w x 4’ d. Lists, comprised of names of the more than 4000 casualties of the Iraq War will be displayed on the wall opposite this installation. A 3’ x 6’ blank space is to be left within the lists and during the evening Claude and viewers will write names of some of the casualties into this space.
The mass of information that is projected, superimposed, and reflected from the mirrors onto the walls, floor, ceiling, and viewers—combined with the simultaneous writing of the names of casualties—are intended to create a physically, mentally, and emotionally charged environment. On the formal level, Cubist concepts of the fracturing of space and time are brought into the present by the introduction of contemporary media, a nexus that invites the viewer to become engaged on many levels.
"9/11 Memorial Installation" Claude Van Lingen + + + + +
Project Space (613 Allen) On view during events and by appointment only
Claude van Lingen’s 9/11 Memorial Installation honors those who died on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Pennsylvania tragedies. These are not the only victims of these events and the installation also pays homage to those who died in the ensuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The installation centers around of two drawings (each 110” h x 17” w) in which the names of the 2,753 victims of the World Trade Center were written one over the other. These drawings are flanked by 28 lists of the names of the victims printed on paper 55” h x 81/2” w.
The 184 victims of the Pentagon attack, and the 40 victims killed in the Pennsylvania crash were written, one over the other, are represented in two drawings, each 36” h x 72” w. The names of the victims are displayed in printed form next to the respective drawings.
Two drawings, as well as lists of the names of the casualties of the Iraq (over 4000) and Afghanistan (about 2,500) conflicts commemorate those who have died in the wars since October 7, 2001. The names of the latest deaths are regularly updated and written in performance at the openings of 9/11 commemorative exhibitions.