Featured Artist Charlie Milgrim | Artsy Shark

Artist and sculptor Charlie Milgrim presents a assortment of works that handle worries in our switching environment. Perspective far more by traveling to her web site.


Bowling ball art installation

“Secret Fields” bowling balls, tar paper, 12’ x 5’ x 5’


I’m a California-centered artist working with several media. I beginning out my occupation as a conceptual sculptor. Later on, in the spirit of experimentation, I observed inspiration in images and portray.


Art installation with bowling ball

“Insomnia” bowling ball, solid concrete, 13” x 18” x 15”


Creating my sculpture and installations, I make use of scavenged, next-hand objects. I rework and incorporate them into new varieties, usually exploiting gravity as an energetic factor.


Found sculpture installation

“Secret Concert” bowling balls, songs stands, 4’ x 28” x 16”


The main content of my early get the job done is bowling balls. Over the decades I’ve amassed a selection of 600. These selection from simple black kinds to other people in a kaleidoscope of colors and swirling patterns. Bowling balls are essential building blocks in my operate that are loaded with metaphorical options, staying stand-ins for heads, breasts, planets, drinking water pollutants, and so on.


installation sculpture with bowling balls

“Fearamid” bowling balls and steel, 7’ x 45” x 45”


For my graduating show at the University Artwork Museum, UC Berkeley, I unveiled my piece Fearamid. It is a stacked-up pyramid of 35 bowling balls atop a triangular steel table, achieving up over seven feet. I sandblasted the phrase Concern into the side of every ball, working with smaller sized kind for the bottom layer and greater form for each and every ascending layer, primary to the most significant Anxiety capping off the best.


sculpture with bowling balls

“Two Histories” bowling balls, iron scale, 18” x 26” x 9”


My piece Two Histories signifies my issue for the destiny of our earth. I put two bowling balls on an old forged iron equilibrium scale with a amount 2 inscribed in the faceplate. The two balls—one a boring gray, the other a lively blue—are held in the equilibrium amongst two alternate histories of earth. When our background is published, will our planet be useless or alive?


Art installation

“Stealth Reverie” tar paper, 3’ x 25’ x 6’


In my set up titled Stealth Reverie I manufactured black paper planes out of roofing tar paper—shadowy stealth fighters—creased and folded into the angular abstractions of the darkish geometry of our war device. They hang on the wall in a straight development projecting outward, menacing the viewer.


altered photograph of blast furnaces

“Bethlehem” pictures, 30” x 19”


A long time in the past, I frequented the shuttered Bethlehem Steel mill rusting absent in eastern Pennsylvania. I was mesmerized by the monumental scale of the blast furnaces and other decrepit structures looming over the landscape. At a single time, Bethlehem was 1 of the world’s foremost steel producers, manufacturing steel for some of our nation’s most iconic structures. In the pictures of my Bethlehem series, I sought to seize in the industrial ruins the mill’s previous grandeur of an previously age.


photo of street graffiti

“Street Code” pictures, 32” x 20”


My photographic series, Street Code was born out of my fascination with the spray-painted scribblings that I initial noticed on the sidewalks of New York City. I afterwards uncovered they had been the cryptic vocabulary of utility workers.


abstract painting series

“Aureoles” acrylic on canvas, 90” x 70”


In the latest paintings, I target, if not obsess, on the concentric circle which recurs in nature—tree rings, designs in shock waves and electromagnetic fields—as effectively as in male-built merchandise, such as the grooves in cymbals and vinyl data. Also, early spiritual iconography frequently depicts an aureola (or nimbus), a radiant disk of mild, often a concentric circle, that surrounds and highlights the heads of sacred figures. In my newest paintings Aureolas, I depict shining aureolas that are unbound to any personage, fractured and free-floating, completely ready to confer their saintliness, democratically, on everyone.


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