Charles Wiese was born in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his MFA from the University of Houston in 1994.
Charles has received a number of awards and fellowships. Notably, he was a fellow at the National Graduate Seminar/NYU Tisch School of Art (’94), a Cultural Arts Council of Houston Individual Artist grant recipient (’94), and an MFA/Houston Glassell School of Art CORE Fellowship (’95-’97).
Early life interests centered around aircraft and flight which led to a degree in Aerospace Engineering (University of Michigan, 1978) and a career as an engineer and research scientist. His background in science created a foundation of interests that continue to percolate within his art.
His work is present in private, corporate, museum, and civic collections.
He is represented by Devin Borden Gallery, Houston, Tx.
He is married to Janice Rubin and has one son.
Prints are editioned as follows:
22”x22” on 24”x24” sheet: Edition of 10 + 1 H/C
33”x33” on 36”x36” sheet: Edition of 5 + 1 H/C
44”x44” on 48”x48” sheet: Edition of 3 + 1 H/C
All are Archival Pigment Prints on paper.
My artwork is presented as a blend of image and object, a result of handcraft and mass-production technologies. It is a synthesis of the artistic and the technological – creating forms and structures that are fused to an extensive visual catalog.
They are also a collection of ambiguities. What appears to be handwork may be computational, and what looks to be the result of computation may be created with handwork. Questions of medium, content, and craft interweave and interact and provide many points to access and engagement.
The introduction of the aesthetic of physics and technology into my work refined two primary conceptual frames – complexity and chaos.
I explore the similarities between the forms and complexities of the physical world and those constructed mathematically. My interests include the landscape, iterative mathematics, ambiguity, chaos, figuration, the articulation of space, facture, and the organic.
My processes are a synthesis of diverse mark-making systems. The results are images that reflect and refract our hybridized world. They are rich with a mélange of visual metaphors of the many topics that drive my interests.