I am interested in space and exploring its many constructs. I do this with the simple means of ink, charcoal and graphite on paper. I relish the immediacy of this activity and how a set of marks comes together, seemingly limited to the two dimensions of paper, but actually depicting a specific three-dimensional realm.
I approach each piece improvisationally. The grid, even if it is not apparent, is an important tool that allows me this freedom. It keeps the beat spatially and temporally.
I think about the work in terms of structure. Each piece has to have a problem – something that is urging it on internally. For some time I have thought about the words of the poet Wallace Stevens who said that “. . . a very great order is a disorder.” I have decided that the image is a success when it is on the edge of this idea of working and not working, or order and not order. I have been greatly influenced by Cezanne, Phillip Guston, and the music of Bach.
Artist Bio / CV
Lynne Charles became interested in abstract spatial ideas studying the harpsichord at Grinnell College (Iowa) where she received a BA in Music cum laude. She subsequently received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
She primarily shows her work in Connecticut where she resides. In 2002 she received an Artist’s Fellowship from the Connecticut Commission of the Arts. She has shown at Jeffrey Coploff Fine Art in New York City and participated in the Pierogi 2000 Flatfiles in Brooklyn. In addition to her artwork, she speaks regularly to civic groups, schools and universities about the significance and meaning of contemporary art.