Biography

 

Charles grew up in Eltham in South East London before attending Magdalen College Oxford to read Chemistry. He was awarded the University prize for organic chemistry before moving to the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, where he graduated with a First Class Degree. He has since graduated from the Royal College of Art and has completed a PhD by practice at Oxford University exploring outsider art and outsider science.

 

Charles works extensively in dialogue with academics in both the humanities and sciences, and with institutions such as the Ashmolean and the Victoria and Albert Museum as well as in collaboration with composers, musicians and stage directors.

 

He was shortlisted for the 2011 Red Mansion Prize and the 2011 New Sensations Prize, and produced work for the critically acclaimed Pizza Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.

 

In 2011 Charles was awarded an AHRC studentship to fund his research and in 2015 he was awarded a Brettschneider Visiting Fellowship at Cornell University, collaborating with composer Toby Young.

 

Artist Statement

 

‘My practice explores how all of us as individuals relate to the sophisticated systems which underpin our intellectual and political institutions. I have developed work investigating complex physics and its confused echoes in the media, how alchemists used diagrams and  developed new syntax to decipher nature, and how the contemporary outsider-cosmologist rages against the ‘Einstein-centric’ certainties of science.

 

I am interested in how readily we fill the gaps in our comprehension with stories, pictures and metaphors and how problematic these can be when relied upon to make decisions or form opinions.

 

Along with building on long standing collaborative projects, such as my work with Dr Daniel Crow, I am currently  developing these themes in relation to contemporary populism and the role of social media and AI in contemporary public discourse.

 

I’m excited to have been selected for a Bogliasco Fellowship this Spring (2018) to develop a libretto for a new opera exploring the rise of Donald Trump through the lens of white working class America and its love affair with professional wrestling; joining the talented team of Liam Wade (composer), Mark Johnson (Dramaturge) and Julia Mintzer (director).

 

Upcoming Projects

 

2018        Stowe Gallery, Ordering the Cosmos, January

                  Grand Harmonie Opera, On Behalf of a Madman, (writing project), May

                  The White Box Gallery, (currently untitled solo show), June

 

Selected shows

 

2017        The Old Truman BreweryA Pint of Science, May

                  Metrowest Opera, La Femme Boheme, May

                  Noformat Gallery, Three100, April

                  KI International, Biophilia, April

2016        Society for the Humanities, Cornell University, A Theory Fiction Music Show, May

                  Bel Cantanti OperaL’Elisir d’Amore, March

2015        STORE contemporary, Pizza Parlance, September

                 The Quennington Sculpture Trust, Fresh Air 2015, June

                 Pizza Pavilion, Venice, Non Piu Pesto, May

                 The Gerard Moore Gallery, Orbits and Occults, April – June

                 Museum of the History of Science, Dreams of Homunculi, March- June

                 The Max Planck Institute, Dresden, Circling the Square, February

2014       Cornell University, Hypoxia (performance work), November

                 The Crypt Gallery, ILLUNINATION, June

                 The Old Royal Naval College, Modern Makers, May,

2013       NoFormat Gallery, Three Fields, Feb

                 The Hanmi Gallery, The Beautiful is Present, January

2012       The Ashmolean Museum, In-Site, June

                 Oxford Botanic Gardens, Sustainability, April/May

                 Gloucester Cathedral, Open West, March

2011        Victoria House, New Sensations, October

                 Blyth GalleryArtifact, Sep

                 RCA SculptureDegree show, Jun

                 Waterloo Action Centre GalleryFODO, May

2010       Departure GalleryRhizomatic, October,

                 Victoria and Albert MuseumRapid Form, Jul,

                 Five Years Gallery at Bethnal Green LibraryReflectures, Jun, – performance lecture event pairing artists with research academics (also co-curated).

                 Triumph, Clerkenwell Festival, Jun,

                 RCA, Painting Project SpacePerformance//Lecture, Mar, – performance lecture event (also curated)

                 RCA, Henry Moore Galleries, Work in Progress, May,