In the Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines’ Work Featured in Two-Venue Exhibit

Charles Gaines. ‘Sky Box I’, 2011. Acrylic, digital print, polyester film and LED Lights, changing light system, fixtures and tracks. 3 Boxes, 84″ x 48″ x 5″ each. Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. (Photo: Robert Wedemeyer.)

The works of artist Charles Gaines, a CalArts faculty member since 1989, has been featured in more than 60 one-person shows and several hundred group exhibitions in the US and Europe during the last several decades. His new show, In The Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines Selected Works From 1975-2012, is an exhibition that opened last week at the Pomona College Museum of Art and the Pitzer Art Galleries in Claremont, Calif.

Representing a significant overview of his work to date, the exhibition consists of photographs, sculptures, video and drawings.

More about Gaines’ work from Pomona College:

Based in Los Angeles, Gaines investigates the relationships between aesthetic experience, political beliefs and the formation of meaning. His work over the last forty years has typically employed systems and rule-based procedures to explore how we experience and derive meaning from art. Gaines is often linked with early Conceptual artists who came to prominence in the 1960s questioning subjectivity and traditional formal and material concerns.  However, he identifies more closely with John Cage’s examinations of indeterminacy in both composition and performance and focuses on linguistic tools such as metaphors and metonyms.

Receptions will be held at both gallery locations this Saturday (Sept. 15) from 4-6 pm. There are also two in-person events this fall:

  • On Sept. 20, from 7-8 pm the Lone Wolf Recital Corp featuring Charles Gaines presents an evening of electronic, digital and acoustical sound at the Pomona College Museum of Art. Gaines, on drums, is joined by such jazz legends as CalArts faculty Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, Terry Adkins on sax, Carlos Guzman with electronics and Nedra Wheeler (Music BFA 87, MFA 89) on bass.
  • Gaines will guest lecture at the George C.S. Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College on Oct. 16 at 2:45-3:45 pm in conjunction with the exhibit.

In The Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines Selected Works From 1975-2012
Reception: Saturday, September 15, 4-6 pm

The Pitzer Art Galleries
1050 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont
Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 5 pm

The Pomona College Museum of Art
330 N. College Avenue, Claremont
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 5 pm and Thursday, from noon to 11 pm

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