We are glad to present Kalin Lindena’s first solo exhibition in our gallery. The majority of her work has developed from drawing on walls or paper, often combined with water colour and spray paint as well as sculptural objects. Her complex and rhizome-like images integrate symbols of pre-existent orientation systems into a psycho-grammatical reference system that is influenced by Kalin Lindena’s time as a graffiti artist, her interest in music and her social environment. The oppositional aspects of time, continuity and transience play an additional role. On the one hand wall drawings only exist for the period of the exhibition, on the other, some fragments of the motifs and material will be taken over into other exhibition contexts. In so doing, her work never attains the condition of “being finished”, instead single fragments of a whole are configured, and these coalesce in a processual manner throughout the whole opus of Lindena.
The title of the show in our gallery, “expecting rain” originates from a text segment of Bob Dylan’s song “Desolation Row” and ties on to the previous show in the Kunstverein Braunschweig, which was titled 4th Time Around” from another Bob Dylan Song. In the main room of our gallery Kalin Lindena uses the glass façade as a new surface for her drawings, while the rest of the gallery remains empty except for a marble sculpture. This sculpture depicts a graffiti signet that Kalin Lindena created in 1998 for a friend, and now, significantly, was made in cooperation with another friend, Frank Daniels. The drawings on glass combine graffiti-esque text excerpts from music with motifs and shapes derived from landscapes that occasionally allude to the idea of drawing as scientific research. Depending on the viewer’s perspective, the complex depictions overlay the emptiness of the interior or the happenings on the street outside the gallery, whereby which side of the work offers an insight or an outlook remains ambiguous.