A philosopher and an artist, Charles Gaines developed his theoretical approach to art largely through avid reading on a range of topics, from Western philosophy to Tantric Buddhist art. He explores seemingly straightforward ideas such as nature and disaster, but his work prompts questions more than answers, leaving room for doubt, uncertainty, and a general feeling of in-between-ness. What results is a self-examination of our beliefs and ideologies, our theories about beauty and art, and our comfort level with our own thoughts. Gaines’s pieces narrate specific issues, such as inquiries into color and texture or the effects of global warming, which the artist tackles by systematically breaking them down. The beauty and simplicity of each composition constitute only the first layer in a theoretical investigation into the nature of our interactions and experiences.

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Charles Gaines
Charleston, 1944
USA

Current Exhibitions

Never Free to Rest

kurimanzutto

11 Nov — 16 Dec
The exhibition brings together works by six artists who utilize the radical language of abstraction to destabilize black representation and systems of control, conjuring new possibilities of perception, imagination and liberation. Works by Mark...

Charles Gaines

Institute of Contemporary Art Miami – ICA

01 Dec — 18 Nov
The first in an annual rotation of site-specific commissions that animate the museum’s main passageway between the second and third floors, a dramatic two-story installation by Charles Gaines will activate the vertical...

Past Exhibitions

The Restless Earth

Triennale di Milano
28/04/2017 — 20/08/2017

Charles Gaines – Grids: Numbers and Trees III, and Palm Trees II

Max Hetzler – Paris
26/11/2016 — 14/01/2017

Solo Shows

2017
Charles Gaines, ICA, Miami

2015
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974-1989

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Charleston Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1944 Lives in: Los Angeles, California