‘I am a London based multimedia artist and graduate of the Royal College of Art who has completed a PhD by practice at Oxford University exploring outsider art and outsider science.
The majority of my work involves collaborations with academics in both the humanities and sciences, and with institutions such as the Ashmolean and the Victoria and Albert Museum. I frequently work in collaboration with composers, musicians and sound designers.
My practice explores how the individual relates 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 syntax to make sense of nature, and how the outsider-cosmologist rages against the ‘Einstein-centric’ certainties of science.’
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 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.
Charles has been selected for a Bogliasco Fellowship in the Spring of 2018.
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
2017 The Old Truman Brewery, A Pint of Science, May
Metrowest Opera, La Femme Boheme, May
Noformat Gallery, Three100, April
KI International, Biophilia, April
Bel Cantanti Opera, L’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 Gallery, Artifact, Sep
RCA Sculpture, Degree show, Jun
Waterloo Action Centre Gallery, FODO, May
2010 Departure Gallery, Rhizomatic, October,
Victoria and Albert Museum, Rapid Form, Jul,
Five Years Gallery at Bethnal Green Library, Reflectures, Jun, – performance lecture event pairing artists with research academics (also co-curated).
Triumph, Clerkenwell Festival, Jun,
RCA, Painting Project Space, Performance//Lecture, Mar, – performance lecture event (also curated)
RCA, Henry Moore Galleries, Work in Progress, May,
Victoria and Albert Museum, Small Spaces, Jun- Aug, 2010 – designed and fabricated hot-forged mortise and tenon jointed steel ladder for The Beetle’s House by Fujimori Teruobu.
-A Cabinet of Curiosities, 27th October 2015, King’s College Cambridge
-Art, Science and the Thirsty World, 6th-8th November, Cornell University:
Hypoxia, co-authored, Toby Young
-Art Out of Time, 26nd-27rd June, 2014 University of Oxford:
Out Of Time Aesthetics: an artist’s conversation with the Museum of the History of Science, co-authored, Vid Simoniti
– All About Imaging: Transactions, 22nd-23rd May 2014, University of Westminster:
Under the Scientific Picture, co-authored, Vid Simoniti and Matthieu Chavent