Faculty Profiles » Charles Long

Office: 242 Arts Building
Phone: 951 827 7756
Email: charles.long@ucr.edu


Education B.F.A., University of the Arts, Phila, PA; Whitney Independent Study Program, New York, NY; M.F.A., Yale University, New Haven, CT

Charles Long is an internationally exhibited artist with over forty solo shows at such venues as SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jarla Partilager, Berlin, The Contemporary in Austin, Austin Texas, the St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach; Sperone Gallery, Rome; London Projects, UK and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in NYC.

His work has been included in many significant museum exhibitions such as the 1997 and 2008 Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art New York; Open Ends, The Museum of Modern Art; NYC. Performance Anxiety, MCA, Chicago; Happiness, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Arte Contemporáneo Internaciona, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; ART/MUSIC: rock, pop, and techno Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Almost Warm and Fuzzy, Des Moines Art Center, The Shape of Color: Excursions in Color Field Art, AGO/Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada; Gone Formalism, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; The Uncertainty of Objects and Ideas, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Grants, two Pollock-Krasner Grants and a Louis Comfort Tiffany grant. Long has taught at the California Institute of the Arts, Art Center College of Art and Design, Otis College of Art and Design and Harvard University.

Long's sculptures have explored the abstract autonomous art object as a psychological investigation into the nature self and others and have been made from diverse media such as coffee grounds, rubber and hair from Abraham Lincoln. He has collaborated with pop musicians such as Stereolab, Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo and with the renown choreographer Merce Cunningham. Since his relocation from NYC to LA Long's work has been inspired by the Los Angeles River which runs adjacent to his studio. Each year, after the furious flood season, a verdant and abundant growth of grasses, thickets, and trees emerges from the discarded office furniture, bedsprings, and shopping carts that get washed into the concrete channel providing a providing a dwelling for mallards, osprey, crayfish and heron. Captivated by the river and inspired by its unbiased intermingling of these elements, Long creates photographs, video and sculpture in and about the river and the myriad of imagery and meanings it offers.

Charles Long is represented by the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, NYC, NY. For more information: http://tanyabonakdargallery.com