Charles Gaines

Born in Charleston, 1944 and lives in Los Angeles, California

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.

Charles Gaines – Grids: Numbers and Trees III, and Palm Trees II
“Grids: Numbers and Trees III, and Palm Trees II” is the first gallery exhibition by Charles...
26 Nov 2016 - 14 Jan 2017
The Restless Earth
La Triennale di Milano and the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi present La Terra Inquieta (The Restless Earth),...
28 Apr 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
Triennale di Milano
Charles Gaines
The first in an annual rotation of site-specific commissions that animate the museum’s main passageway...
01 Dec 2017 - 18 Nov 2018
Never Free to Rest
The exhibition brings together works by six artists who utilize the radical language of abstraction to...
11 Nov 2017 - 16 Dec 2017
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