Considering Linke's opus - represented by more than a hundred black-and-white portraits - we can notice that his homogenous contexts are based on similar social identities of his selected subjects who are all artists. With regard to the structure of meaning, two different formal variations can be traced. In full-length portraits where the figure is depicted in the environment, a rich reference framework is represented by the ambience alone. This is mostly a public gallery displaying a work of art - picture, sculpture, installation - by the artist portrayed. Connoisseurs of modern art who regularly follow its principal manifestations will easily identify the scene or link certain installations with entirely concrete exhibitions and exhibition venues, such as a particular edition of the Venice Biennale (1993) in Damien Hirst or the Kassel Dokumenta (1992) in David Hammons in and so forth.
Since the late eighties, Linke's portraits are created above all for the purposes of public recognition and promotion identifying the subject in their titles as belonging to the art, theatre, music or film world. Lara Štrumej
Text by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Lara Štrumej
Language: slovenščina, angleščina
Size: 29,8 x 24 cm
Publisher: Moderna galerija Ljubljana, 1995