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Linda Bond
updated: 10/01/2012
website: www.lindabondart.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
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a count (In progress installation detail)
Inventory (In progress installation)
Inventory (installation detail)
Flag (Remembering)
Crater
Untitled (Custody)
Untitled (Outcome)
Casualty 5
Untitled (Parade)
Untitled (Rescue)
Longhai (Peacemaker Series)
Narayan (Peacemaker Series)
WMD (AC-130 Gunship)
Shadow War #28
Shadow War #26
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, meditative, illustration, narrative, political, portraiture, psychological, social criticism, spiritual, violence
 
 
a count (In progress installation detail) by Linda Bond
a count (In progress installation detail)
gunpowder on gauze
2010 - 2012
Dimensions variable
Inventory (In progress installation) by Linda Bond
Inventory (In progress installation)
inkjet prints
2010 - 2012
Dimensions variable
Inventory (installation detail) by Linda Bond
Inventory (installation detail)
inkjet prints
2010 - 2012
Dimensions variable
Flag (Remembering) by Linda Bond
Flag (Remembering)
gunpowder & graphite on paper
2011
60 " x  60 " 
Crater by Linda Bond
Crater
gunpowder & graphite on paper
2010
60" x  60" 
Untitled (Custody) by Linda Bond
Untitled (Custody)
gunpowder & graphite on paper
2010
40" x  50" 
Untitled (Outcome) by Linda Bond
Untitled (Outcome)
gunpowder & graphite on paper
2010
22" x  22" 
Casualty 5 by Linda Bond
Casualty 5
gunpowder & graphite on paper
2007
22" x  22" 
Untitled (Parade) by Linda Bond
Untitled (Parade)
gunpowder & graphite on paper
2007
22" x  22" 
Untitled (Rescue)  by Linda Bond
Untitled (Rescue)
gunpowder & graphite on paper
2008
22 " x  22 " 
Longhai (Peacemaker Series) by Linda Bond
Longhai (Peacemaker Series)
gunpowder & graphite on paper
2009
36 " x  30 " 
Narayan (Peacemaker Series) by Linda Bond
Narayan (Peacemaker Series)
gunpowder & graphite on paper
2008
36" x  30" 
WMD (AC-130 Gunship)  by Linda Bond
WMD (AC-130 Gunship)
gunpowder & graphite on paper
2012
60 " x  60 " 
Shadow War #28 by Linda Bond
Shadow War #28
archival ink, gouache, collage on paper
2012
12 " x  16 " 
Shadow War #26 by Linda Bond
Shadow War #26
archival ink, gouache on paper
2012
12" x  16" 

Artist Statement

Inspired by newspaper photographs, my drawings in gunpowder and graphite are testament to recent history. Focusing on small details in difficult imagery, I aim to distill, encapsulate, and visually present complex issues with equanimity. As an American experiencing war from a distance, my work is an attempt to comprehend the tragedy of these mediated events.

Recent installation projects explore the conditions of war from differing perspectives. With a count, using gauze bandages and ink-like gunpowder, I am making fingerprint marks on streams of transparent fabric to count the casualties–both military and civilian–resulting from the response to 9/11. These marks bleed through the fabric, staining material meant to staunch & heal. Yet in wetting the gunpowder it is rendered inert, transformed into the material of creation. As the number of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to rise, the project expands.

Inventory catalogs, displays, and disperses images of weapons gone missing in Iraq. In addition to the billions of dollars worth of arms sold and given to nations in the Middle East, thousands of weapons are unaccounted for—thought to be in the hands of insurgents. The contradiction of fighting while arming the enemy seems a ridiculous yet predictable outcome of the military-industrial complex. Inventory cards for 110,000 AK-47 rifles and 80,000 Glock 19 pistols are displayed in varying installations. Viewers are invited to take the cards and asked to record the provenance on my website.

My newest project Shadow War investigates the latest phase of our nation’s armed conflicts in which unmanned drones have come to replace combat troops as agents of battle.  Using the pages of the New York Times and satellite photographs as raw material, I scan, reprint and manipulate the source images in a series of roughly 300 pieces; the number of images corresponds to the total number of airstrikes that have occurred since the US military began its drone program in 2004.

Artist Bio / CV

Select Recent Exhibitions

2011 Collateral Damage, Simmons College, Boston

2011 a count, Available Potential Enterprises Ltd, Northampton

2010 America Remixed, MFA, Boston

2010 Drawing Itself,  Brattleboro Museum

2010 Community of Artists,  Danforth Museum

2009 paperJam drawing invitational, Artstrand Gallery Provincetown

2008 Pause: Gunpowder and graphite drawings 2004-2008, Thompson Gallery, Cambridge School of Weston

2008 Prints from the Collection and Contemporary Drawings, Art Complex Museum

2007 Drawing Now, Grimshaw-Gudewicz Gallery, Bristol Community College

2006 New England/New Talent, 8th Biennial Exhibition, Fitchburg Art Museum

Works on View

The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Saatchi On-Line Gallery

Awards/Honors

Visiting Scholar, Women's Studies Research Center, Brandeis University, 2012

Artist’s Resource Trust Grant, 2006

Massachusetts Cultural Council, 2005

Service Learning Grant, Mass College of Art, 2002, 2001

Select Bibliography

Art New England, September 2011, Linda Bond A Count, Linda Bond Collateral Damage, Sarah Baker

Daily Hampshire Gazette, Sept 8, 2011, At A.P.E., Canal Gallery, artists attempt to make sense of chaos 9/11 unleashed, Steve Pfarrer

 The Boston Globe, Oct 16, 2008, Seeing shades of grey in war on terrorism, Denise Taylor

 The Boston Globe, May 28, 2006, Emerging artists display fresh perspectives, Greg Cook

The Montachusett T & G, April 20, 2006, New Talent emerges, Craig S. Semon

The Providence Journal, March 23, 2006, Crafted to provoke: Hot-button issues explode at two exhibits, Bill Van Siclen

8th Biennial New England/New Talent, Fitchburg Art Museum, exhibition catalog, March 2006

The Herald News, Artists making statements, March 8, 2006, Kathleen Durand

I Witness, exhibition brochure, Bristol Community College, March 2006, essay by Kathleen Hancock