Maximalist painter Steven Charles has produced an exceptional body of work for the sixth solo show of his career. It is his first exhibition with Stux Gallery in Chelsea and it is clear that they are a solid fit.
Steven Charles, High Score, acrylic on wood, 2012.
Charles does not plan his abstract canvasses. The forms are arrived at by reducing shapes to fine points. The shapes within shapes within shapes allude to the very essence of painting. Stepping in toward something unknowable is the mystery that keeps this painter dedicated to his craft.
Steven Charles, Thhipahapo, acrylic on canvas on wood, 2011.
The typical viewing distance for the larger works does not completely reveal the level of saturated color that plays on the surface. Between the heavily marked picture plane and the eye, a visual mixing occurs resulting in a sparkling shade of empyrean squant.
Steven Charles, Thhipahapo (detail), acrylic on canvas on wood, 2011.
Steven Charles is extremely nearsighted. It is the sort of thing that would seem to preclude involvement in the visual arts but there is a long history of poor eyesight in the field. Without correction, his eyes receive the world as a beautiful blur. This perspective paired with an innate desire to compensate for a natural shortcoming has left exquisite evidence of the struggle.
Steven Charles, Eyloafyo, acrylic and canvas on wood, 2011.
I Don’t Know What My Life To Do With
10 May – 30 June 2012
Images courtesy of Stux Gallery.