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Charles Wilkin

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Buffalo, NY

Birth year

Lives in
Brooklyn, NY


Columbus College of Art and Design, 1992, BFA

collage-assemblage mixed-media


Artist Statement

Fundamentally my work investigates the innate struggle between cause and effect. Derived primarily from the study of headlines, sounds bites and idle conversations my assemblages attempt to transpose these disjointed remnants of media overload and targeted consumption into tangible yet uncertain analogies. My motivation and objective is simply to mirror our behavior by fusing these cultural fragments into new stories that challenge our collective assumptions and aspirations. Offering in return alternate realities and uninhibited probabilities as a manifesto for absolution.

The immediate nature of collage along with the diverse mediums and improvisational assembly techniques I employ replicate the frenetic world we live in. By affording nothing more than filtered reflections my work is able to remove itself from the expectations of reality and aesthetic, relying rather on instinctual analysis as a means to critique our environment. This subjective process also provides an unobstructed opportunity to freely intertwine conventional artist mediums with modern technologies, such as giclee, polymer gel transfers and digital manipulation. Together these methods bridge the past with the present, transforming familiar imagery into mysterious quilt like compositions that expose humanities often misguided ambition for the future.

Through a compound perspective of suspicion and conviction my evaluation of this world is informed and revised daily, distilling further my underlying obsession with the idyllically mundane. From within this conceptual and systemic framework style and technique are exploited only as a means to an end. My work is essentially a product of its environment, for me clarity and relief is found solely through the process itself. What remains is a new and deconstructed remnant of our existence, an undefined record to be reconsidered. The conclusion, if any, is left to the viewer’s discretion.


All That Remains
Group Show
Guest Curator and Exhibiting Artist
Ugly Art Room, Brooklyn, New York

Days Are Numbered
Solo Show
Alliance Gallery, Narrowsburg, New York

Art on the Edge
Group Show
Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley, Pennsylvania

Group Show
The Parlour, Brooklyn, New York

Group Show
Retrospective Gallery, Byron Bay, Australia

New Works
Group Show
Applegate Gallery, Santa Monica, California

Cut And Paste
Group Show
Tag Art Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee

Deconstructing The American Image
Group Show
Museum Works Gallery, Hollywood, California

Rivieria Triennial
Group Show
Rivera Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Solo Show
Rivera Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

Mixing Messages
Group Show
Copper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York


Permanent Collection
Museum of Decorative Arts, Hamburg, Germany

Permanent Collection
Library of Congress, Washington, DC


Index-A By Charles Wilkin
Published By Die-Gestalten Verlag (2003)
Isbn 3-931126-71-4

Additional Publications

Arkitip # 20, Emigre Issue #63, I-DN, Juxtapoz, Metropolis Magazine, Rojo


2003 Nominee National Communication Design Award
Copper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, New York


1992 Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus Ohio

Recent Exhibits

Charles Wilkin participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2014 Lost Corcosa
Masters Projects, Inc.
Feb, 2014 Make/Shift: A Survey of Contemporary Screen Prints Published in Brooklyn
Jul, 2013 Two Person Juried Show
Catskill Art Society
Apr, 2013 Legend Tripping
Masters & Pelavin (currently closed )
Dec, 2012 December Global Projects 2012
Oct, 2012 Exhibit B
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