I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
Charles Harlan is a New York-based sculptor whose work utilises predominantly found industrial objects. His work is informed by the aesthetics of his surrounding neighborhood at any given time. While some of the industrial materials sometimes comes from the artist’s background, they rarely read that way. Harlan’s work has often been referred to as Duchampian in its reliance upon readymade components, its deceptive simplicity, and it spatial humor. His stacking and layering of recognizable, utilitarian materials renders surprisingly potent forms, rooted in associations of folklore and cultural excavations. His sculptures speak not only to an individual experience but a collective one that has been practiced for thousands of years.
His first exhibition at JTT Gallery in New York involved fitting a massive, one-ton metal tube in a relatively small exhibition space–a seemingly simplistic concept with inscrutable effects. Cave, 2012, pushes the ready-made to new extremes, challenging both the meaning of an object’s presence in a specific space, and the certainty of sensorial space itself. Roll gate, 2014, a 10-foot padlocked, roll-up gate, similarly relates scale and materiality to viewership by blocking a passage with a displaced object; but also revisits the story of the Ishtar Gate, the eighth passage to the ancient city of Bablyon. Harlan’s first exhibition at Kayne Griffin Corcoran included, amongst other sculptures, a jon boat installed outdoors and upright like a tombstone. Jon Boat, 2016, was inlaid with a single piece of hardwood, pierced by two holes that interact with the daylight like abstract sun dials on the lawn.
Charles Harlan lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received his BA from New York University in 2006. Selected exhibitions include: Jon Boat, Kayne Griffin Corcoran, LA, CA; The Obelisk and Dome, Carl Kostyál, London, UK; Menhirs, Rodolhpe Janssen, Brussels, BE; All Means Are Sacred, M Woods, Beijing, CN; The 5th of July, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA; Flood, Pioneer Works, New York, NY; Hamlet’s Mill, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva, CH; Ishtar, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY; do it (outside), Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY; The Gate, Karma, New York, NY; Doll House, Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY.
Born in 1984 in Smyrna, GA. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Her current show features work by three artists: Yuji Agematsu, Charles Harlan, and Nari Ward. The theme of 'everyday objects'—ranging from carefully salvaged dross to mundane materials—loosely binds the selection.
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