ART150 Forums: Charles Gaines
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American artist and academic Charles Gaines's work interrogates the discourse of aesthetics, politics and philosophy. Taking the form of drawings, photographic series and video installations, his work involves the use of systems, predominantly in the form of the grid, often in combination with photography. There is a strong musical thread running through much of Gaines's work, evident in his repeated use of musical scores. Gaines’s work is rooted in conceptual art and he is committed to its tenets of engaging cognition and language. As one of the only African American conceptual artists working in the 1970s, a time when political expressionism was a prevailing concern among African American artists, Charles Gaines was an outlier in his pursuit of abstraction and non-didactic approach to race and politics. Charles Gaines's work is featured in the exhibition The Score at the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne.
The ART150 Forum Series features artists discussing their work and ideas, followed by a Q&A. It's part of ART150: Celebrating 150 years of Art.