Linda Francis: We Can Build You, February 15 – March 23, 2013
Neither Here nor There but Anywhere and Everywhere, June 22 – August 11, 2012
MINUS SPACE en Oaxaca: Panorama de 31 artistas internacionales, Multiple Cultural Venues, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 15 – April 30, 2012
Escape from New York, The Engine Room, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, April 22 – May 8, 2010
Escape from New York, Project Space Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, May 8-29, 2009
Linda Francis: Interference, February 2009
Minus Space, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center / MoMA, NYC, October 19, 2008 – May 4, 2009
Escape from New York, Sydney Non Objective, Sydney, Australia, August 3 – September 2, 2007
Linda Francis with Ben La Rocco, The Brooklyn Rail, February 2013
In Conversation: Thomas Micchelli Interviews Linda Francis, NY Arts Magazine, Fall 2011
One or Two Things I Know: An Interview with Linda Francis, by Brent Hallard, Visual Discrepancies blog, September 22, 2009
Interview with Linda Francis, by Matthew Deleget, December 2004
My exhibition We Can Build You is inspired by a small photocopy of an image made by electron microscopy. It is of a failed heat shield on one of NASA’s space shuttles and was sent to me by a good friend who was working on the problem at the time [I think in the early 90s].
I was inspired by two general things: The structure of the surface itself and the fact that he thought the image resembled my work, which it did. Although these two things seem as though they would be mutually exclusive, they are not. That is to say, we are held in thrall to the world by its utter materiality and also by our own narcissism.
I’ve tried making prints before but was never satisfied by the process or the result. I have used the image since the 90s in small ways as collage. But a few years ago I decided that using this image in a painting format might give me the kind of tension between subject and object that I was after in all my drawing and painting.
I started it in 2009 and although the process turned out to be more difficult than I thought it would be, I came across many things that interested me as I tried to make it work . As it turns out, the process opened up a new source of information for me to use as subject.