Megan Lindeman, Hey Lover Letters
May 1-30, 2021
Hey Lover Letters (2019-2021) is our inaugural show. We will be hosting a socially distanced opening reception May 1 from 5pm – 8pm, and will be showing the work by appointment until May 30.
Lindeman’s Hey Lover Letters is a mixed media installation that explores concepts and imagery relating to family, origins, patriarchy, death, and love.
Lindeman’s work often mixes oxytocin hormones with pigments and paint on paper and canvas. Oxytocin acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and is involved in a lot of complex brain activity like bonding and trusting; The hormone plays an exceptionally important role in the evolution of humans and progress of humankind.These encasements, as she calls them, have a subtle effect on pigments and color over time and create a beautiful and complex narrative.
I am a transdisciplinary, visual artist. My work includes painting, photography, mixed media installations, book arts, and poetry. Within my paintings and mixed media works, I often combine paint, pigments, and hormones. In these works, I mix hormones with pigments and paint on paper and canvas. I also include vials of the hormones in various works I call encasements. Visually the hormone has a subtle effect on pigments and color over time. The specific hormone I work with is called oxytocin. Oxytocin acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and is involved in a lot of complex brain activity like bonding and trusting. It is often referred to as a female hormone however it is pulsing though the brains and bodies of all humans. I exploit the meaning that is embedded in this molecule and aim to make work that is conceptually rooted in ideas surrounding human connection and bonding. My art practice is also rooted in the belief that this hormone plays an exceptionally important role in the evolution of humans and progress of humankind.
Megan Lindeman is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Art. Born in Tucson, Arizona in 1981, she moved to West Germany in 1984 where she lived with her family until the Berlin Wall collapsed in 1989. Subsequently she moved to six different U.S. states and lived in over a dozen separate homes. Following this somewhat unconventional childhood she not surprisingly pursued art school. She earned a BFA in Painting and Art History from Rhode Island School of Design (2003). She moved to Los Ángeles in 2003 and earned an MFA from Claremont Graduate University (2008). In 2008 she co-founded Chime&Co, a contemporary art gallery in Los Ángeles, and curated exhibitions of painting, sculpture, installation art, and performance art from 2008 to 2013. Currently she teaches studio art and art history courses as an Assistant Professor at Norco College.
Megan Lindeman’s work has been exhibited in various venues in the United States and Europe including MoMA PS1; WARP-Contemporary Art Platform in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium; Blake & Vargas in Berlin; and Big Pictures Los Angeles in Los Ángeles. In addition, Lindeman has lectured at UCLA’s Art/Sci Center and NANO Lab and has published various creative writings.