Yvon Lambert

Charles Sandison

26 Feb - 06 Apr 2011

© Charles Sandison
Exhibition view
Body Text
26 February – 6 April 2011

Yvon Lambert is pleased to announce Body Text, Charles Sandison’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, and his second at Yvon Lambert, New York. The exhibition will run concurrently with a solo show by Nick van Woert. Both exhibitions will open with a reception for the artists on February 26 from 6-8pm and will be on view until April 6, 2011.

Charles Sandison works with language in his digitally generated installations, creating narratives in which words and symbols move and morph across the monitor screen over a finite period of time. This screen tie is carefully calculated and pre-determined by the digital code created by the artist. The words not only simulate patterns in communication and behavior, but also indicate a word play that speaks to Sandison’s personal approach to his art; he considers himself a writer in an artist’s body.
The juxtaposition of the artist’s timeless fascination with the human body and the contemporary technology forms the basis of this exhibition. The artist’s studio is based in Tampere, Finland, which is known for its long and near arctic winters. As a result, his studio suffered from intermittent power outages, forcing the artist to replace his computers and monitor screens with candlelight, pencil and paper. The artist’s return to drawing reignited his interest in the human form, and when the power returned to his studio, he introduced his traditional life drawings to his digital universe.
For Body Text, the artist presents three LCD monitor screens, which depict the artist’s Finnish models, Eva, Sara and Maria. Each model is scanned three-dimensionally and reworked by computer programs. This process results in a new form of 21st century figure drawing that exists in the digital world. These constantly changing, algorithmic forms are contained within the LCD panels that act as both a frame and a womb for the human forms gestating within. Using this medium to forge a link between image and text, a translucent membrane of words and numbers replaces the hair, skin, muscles and bones of his subjects. These works examine growth, aging, individuality, and the representation of human form through a digital lens.
Charles Sandison (b.1969, Scotland) lives and works in Tampere, Finland. The artist will be featured in the upcoming 2011 Singapore Biennale. He has had solo exhibitions at renowned institutions such as, Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris; Tampere Museum of Art, Finland; Centre for Contemporary Art, Ireland, and The National Museum for the XXI Century Arts, Rome. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including: The Zabludowicz Collection, London; Denver Art Museum, Colorado; The Burger Collection, Berlin; Villa Medici, Rome; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Ohio.

Tags: Charles Sandison, Nick van Woert