‘My practice explores how individuals relate to the intellectual systems which appear to underpin our cultural and political identities. I have developed work questioning contemporary science and its often 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 physics.
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 physicist 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 was selected for a Bogliasco Fellowship(2018) to develop a libretto for a new opera exploring the rise of populism 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).’
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 sculpture department at the Royal College of Art and has completed a PhD at Oxford University exploring the construction of complex cosmological systems in medieval alchemy, modern physics and outsider art.
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.
Delaware Valley Opera Company, Rondine, (objects), June
Graduate Centre, CUNY, Le Roman de Fauvel (coll. with Christopher Preston Thomas), March
The White Box Gallery, The Ascent of Man, June
Grand Harmonie Opera, On Behalf of a Madman, (writing project), May
CRASSH, University of Cambridge, Reality Machines, March
NWR Forum Dusseldorf, presentation of Pizza Parlance, March
Stowe Gallery, Ordering the Cosmos, January
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
STORE contemporary, Pizza Parlance, September
The Quennington Sculpture Trust, Fresh Air 2015, June
Pizza Pavilion, Venice, Pizza Parlance, 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
Cornell University, Hypoxia (performance work), November
The Crypt Gallery, ILLUNINATION, June
The Old Royal Naval College, Modern Makers, May,
NoFormat Gallery, Three Fields, Feb
The Hanmi Gallery, The Beautiful is Present, January
The Ashmolean Museum, In-Site, June
Oxford Botanic Gardens, Sustainability, April/May
Gloucester Cathedral, Open West, March
Victoria House, New Sensations, October
Blyth Gallery, Artifact, Sep
RCA Sculpture, Degree show, Jun
Waterloo Action Centre Gallery, FODO, May
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