Artist Statement: Comics have a complex language which has fascinated me my whole life. The images, the words, the ebb and flow, and the design all inform the reader about the work, especially so when synthesized together. My work was born from the thought of creating a comic for a gallery space. Physical space isn’t often utilized in comics, so the idea of bodily interaction with this piece gave me the opportunity to provide a new layer of context. I would describe it almost as an empathetic context, where the physical unity between the movement of the reader and the journey of a character create a special bond. My work, then, took the form of a large wall scroll, intended to lead the reader around the space where it would be hung. The entire body, not just the eyes, would have to move back and forth, pause and reflect. The spatial experience of my piece is, at this moment impossible, but the shift online has provided its own space to explore. The vertical experience of a website has dissected my work in an interesting way. It has created its own flow, one which I wouldn’t have thought of had this show been taking place in a physical space right now. The work is currently unfinished, which feels appropriate given this interesting pit stop it has taken. I plan to feature the work physically in the future, but for now this is the space that my work explores.
Artist Bio: Adam Linder currently lives in Spartanburg, South Carolina and is a Government major and Studio Art minor at Wofford College. Adam spent his youth watching horror movies, researching cryptids, and reading Tales from the Crypt comics, warping his mind irreparably. Adam’s proudest moment was in high school when he won third place in a statewide physics exam that only three students took. He also won first place for an art piece, which is more relevant, but not nearly as funny. With his interest in film, Adam has spent a decent bit of time in film and theater classes while at Wofford College. Adam also enjoys thoughtful critical analysis of media and the study of its history, as well as things that look weird. Today, Adam can usually be found pontificating about trashy grindhouse cinema or drawing creatures that are generally an abomination against nature. Adam’s work has been featured in the Wofford College Department of Art and Art History Juried Student Exhibition in 2018.