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Charlie The universe is a vast array of infinite variation. While much of that variation already exists, most of it does not nor ever will exist. Or rather, most of it exists only as having the potential to exist. As humans, we have the unique ability to knowingly create things that were not here before and in doing so are privy to the notion that there is an immense reservoir of things that have not yet nor ever will be seen.

Iím fascinated by systems and technology, the way things work, evolution, massively large numbers, complex algorithms, the human brain, entropy, eternity, language, sex, disease, animals, economies, and the functional aspects of just about every part of this great, big, wonderful thing we call reality. Itís true, most of my work does tend toward the technological, but thatís just the way I choose to communicate. What and how I think is largely based in science. Call it a weakness. I canít help but see the physical world as an endless field of size, scale, complexity and granularity. The universe is at once infinitely large and infinitely small. From the farthest reaches of the cosmos to the most diminutively infinitesimal corner of sub-atomic space, a diverse complexity reigns.

influences and interests include but are not limited to...

iconography, entropy, claus oldenburg, srl, robert smithson, infiniti, zen/calculi, martin puryear, david therrien, symbolic logic, richard serra, and of course, sub-ethereal decay.

EDUCATION

BFA - Pennsylvania State University - 1981
MFA - Arizona State University Ė 1984


RESIDENCIES

2018
Testing Lab Artist Residency, San Pedro, CA


RECENT AWARDS

2020
2020 BOA National Juried Exhibition, Craven Arts Council & Gallery, New Bern, NC
Best in Category for Sculpture

The Phoenix Show: Inner Visions, The Conservatory, Doylestown, PA
2nd Place Award

2019
11th Annual Juried Art Show, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA
2nd Place Award

Red, Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute, IN
Honorable Mention

31st Annual Juried Exhibition, Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Texarkana, TX
2nd Place Award

Woodmere Annual 78th Juried Exhibition, TheWoodmere Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Jacques MacQuiston Dowling Award


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Solo

2020
Misguided Ritualism and the Tedious Mythology of Unnecessary Things,
Birchrunville, PA
Kinetic Installation and machine performance

2019
Regressive Continuities, Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA

Primitive Methodologies of Inscrutable Design, Community Arts Phoenixville,
Phoenixville, PA

A Quixotic Convergence of Whimsically Subversive Eccentricities,
Birchrunville, PA
Kinetic Installation

2018
A Luminously Divergent Spectacle of Improbable Heteromorphic Perplexity,
Birchrunville, PA
Kinetic Installation


Two-Person

2018
The Loft @ 505, Reading, PA
With Michele Byrne

Group

2021
An Exhibition of Things Called Art, Hilliard Gallery, Kansas City, MO

The Shape of Tomorrow, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

The Woodmere Annual: 79th Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA Rescheduled from 2020


2020
Sculpture in the Glen II, InLiquid at the Burches, Gladwyne, PA

2020 BOA National Juried Exhibition, Craven Arts Council & Gallery, New Bern, NC

19th Annual Juried Exhibition, New Hope Arts Center, New Hope, PA

The Phoenix Show: Inner Visions, The Conservatory, Doylestown, PA


2019
Birchrunville Art Tour, Birchrunville PA

11th Annual Juried Art Show, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA

5th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford, PA

Red, Arts Illiana Gallery, Terre Haute IN

Rust to Rise, Community Arts Phoenixville, Phoenixville PA

7th Annual Juried Exhibition, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA

31st Annual Juried Exhibition, Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, Texarkana, TX

The Woodmere Annual: 78th Juried Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA

Artists Equity 70th Anniversary Members Juried Exhibition, Goggleworks, Reading, PA

One Year Anniversary Juried Exhibition, Paragon Gallery, Phoenixville, PA

Round Things, Square Pear Gallery, Kennett Square, PA


2018
Glow, Annual Members Show, Studio B, Boyertown, PA

Pottstown Area Arts Guild Winter Show, Montgomery County Community College, Pottstown, PA

Birchrunville Art Detour, Birchrunville, PA

63rd Open Juried Exhibition, Perkiomen Valley Art Center, Pottstown, PA

2018 Juried Show, Abington Arts Center, Jenkintown, PA

2018 Annual Juried Exhibition, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ

Art of Film Exhibition, Studio B, Boyertown, PA

Members Show, Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford, PA

The Locals, Community Arts Phoenixville, Phoenixville, PA

Connective Arts & Music Festival, Oxford, PA

40th Annual Open Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY