A THIRTY-YEAR SURVEY OF PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES,
DRAWINGS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO
OPENING RECEPTION FOR THE ARTISTFRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012
ACE GALLERY LOS ANGELES
ON VIEW THROUGH DECEMBER, 2012
Charles Fine's oeuvre is diverse and far-reaching, touching upon themes of space and time, memory, encounter, discovery, decay and evolution. Fine's art is ever evolving as he works with a variety of media and objects to inspire questions concerning existence and impermanence. While the artist deals with powerful themes, he does so with varying intensity. Rather than privileging a direct and aggressive style, Fine layers, composes, and builds thus illuminating subtle changes and quiet progression.
ACE Gallery presents a thirty-year survey of work by Charles Fine, including drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and video which explore and expand upon the intricacies of the natural world and the effects of human habitation. Fine investigates the interconnectedness of living systems with particular attention given to subjects ranging from population densities, irrigation patterning and photosynthesis, the effects of changes in weather, and mutations in nature.
From his explorations in Central America, Mexico, and the western United States, Fine has amassed and continues to cultivate an unusual assemblage of objects, which have been, and continue to be, a significant source bank of material for much of the imagery in his paintings, sculptures, and photographs. The artist has gathered mutant pod seeds, ceremonial stone objects, bone implements, and ancient tools amongst other exotic and common natural items and has taken them back to his studio in Los Angeles, where they have been meticulously arranged in large glass vitrines for his observation. Each of these objects were selected by Fine because he felt they possessed an individual poignancy, attained either through nature or through necessity for practical or liturgical applications. Fine's heterogeneous groupings are works of art in themselves transforming commonplace natural objects into spiritually charged symbols with rich narratives.
From this fascinating reservoir of imagery and inspiration Fine has created complex metaphysical works of art that are often imbued with animistic or totemic associations. The artist's approach to painting and sculpture is just as dynamic as the roots of his inspiration. His canvases are reworked over extended periods of time and are composed of translucent layers of oil paint, alkyd resin, 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 different 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.
Moving sinuously from the micro 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 curiosity and experimentation.
Charles Fine was born in 1951. He attended the 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.