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There are certain artists who grip the subconscious and dive into tempor alities of the forgotten\, touching upon the cornerstones of human memory a nd being. Charles Fine is one such artist. He works human  consciousness in a way that connects the corporeal thinking organism with the intimacies of what might be called earth consciousness. Fine attends to the natural worl d and ancientness in ways that are both thought provoking and transcendent. With an oeuvre that is diverse and far-reaching Fine addresses themes of e nvironment\, time\, memory\, encounter\, discovery\, decay\, and evolution. His art is ever evolving as he works with a variety of media and objects t o inspire questions concerning existence and impermanence. While the artist deals with powerful themes\, he does so with varying intensity. Rather tha n privileging a direct and aggressive style\, Fine layers\, composes\, and builds as he illuminates subtle changes and quiet progression.

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ACE Galle ry presents a thirty-year survey of work by Charles Fine\,  including drawi ngs\, paintings\, sculptures\, photographs\, and video which explore and ex pand upon the intricacies of the natural world and the effects of human hab itation. Fine investigates the interconnectedness of living systems with pa rticular attention given to subjects ranging from population densities\, mu tations in nature\, irrigation patterning\, photosynthesis\, and the effect s of weather and climate.

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From his explorations in Central America\, Mex ico\, and the western United States\, Fine has amassed and continues to cul tivate an unusual assemblage of objects\, which have been\, and continue to be\, a significant source bank for much of the imagery in his paintings\, sculptures\, photographs\, and vitrines.

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The artist has gathered mutant pod seeds\, ceremonial stone objects\, bone implements\, and ancient tools amongst numerous other exotic and prosaic natural items from his travels an d has transformed these earthly substances into breathtaking works of art. For his Table of Contents series Fine meticulously assembles an asso rtment of naturally found and re-altered objects into large glass vitrines. Each of these objects were selected by Fine because he felt they possessed an individual poignancy\, attained either through nature or through necess ity for practical or liturgical applications.

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Fine’s heterogeneous group ings are works of art in themselves transforming familiar natural objects i nto spiritually charged symbols with rich narratives.

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From this fascinat ing reservoir of imagery and inspiration\, Fine has created complex metaphy sical works of art that are often imbued with animistic or totemic associat ions. The artist’s approach to painting and sculpture is just as dynamic as the roots of his inspiration. His canvases are reworked over extended peri ods of time and are composed of translucent layers of oil paint\, alkyd res in\, and asphaltum. The layered effects of the paint engender a sense that the underlying forms are always in flux—materializing or dematerializing on the surface of the canvas. His panel paintings employ a dramatically diffe rent method indicated by his use of encaustic painting\, which give them a fertile tactile quality. Fine’s cast bronze sculptures trace their origins both to shapes extracted from the paintings and to his extensive gathering of archaeological relics and found objects.

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Moving sinuously from the mi cro to the macro and back\, the artworks in Charles Fine’s in-depth survey offer a dynamic look into the artist’s distinctive cloistered sphere of cur iosity and experimentation.

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Charles Fine was born in 1951. He attended t he Otis Art Institute\, California State University\, the Brooks Institute of Art\, and the University of California. The artist has exhibited at ACE Gallery since 1987.

DTEND:20130427 DTSTAMP:20140918T071422 DTSTART:20121026 GEO:34.0621844;-118.3489078 LOCATION:Ace Gallery- Los Angeles\,5514 Wilshire Blvd. \nLos Angeles\, CA 9 0036 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:A Thirty-Year Survey Of Drawings\, Paintings\, Sculptures\, Photogr aphs\, and Video\, Charles Fine UID:234520 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR