Artist Thomas Van Linge was born in 1989 in Holland – the same year of the second Summer of Love in the UK. Heavily influenced by early acid house, its iconography and the ethos of that era, in his most recent work Van Linge has mainly focused on sculpture, music and found objects.
His praxis though comes together in his video work threaded by a playful approach to a wide gamut of cultural and subcultural sources: the spirit and visual heritage of electronic music, industrial production processes, digital aesthetics and the effects of technology on the human condition.
His objects are collage-like conveyors that appropriate and / or remind us of elements we encounter in the real world often related to contemporary heterotopias and Vanitas’.
There is an element of shock in his work: that surprise of discovery that lies between satirical comedy and discomfort. He teases the viewers to confront their personal boundaries and feelings towards music, drugs and neo-rave psychedelia.
He gives us complete snapshots of a passed time made up of tiny fragments. Records of now, yet also moments upon moments, allowing the passage of time to be keenly felt or merely hinted at. Complete but also unhinged, his works make us both secure and uncomfortable. Looking at Van Linges pieces makes us feel mortal, that we are that for ever will pass and is just a fleeting instant.
As well as making art he produces dance music heavily influenced by early acid house and runs two electronic music record labels, through which he also throws regular parties – an echo of the most vital element of rave – people coming together to dance. He curates and hosts a bi-weekly podcast FRIENDS OF RUBBER , runs two record labels BAKK and RUBBER and occasionally creates radio shows. He also performs live under the music moniker RANDSTAD.