Brooklyn, NY and The Catskills - I'm usually in two places at once.
Last time you ate a pancake?
About a month ago, they were blueberry.
Favorite day of the week?
Tuesday because Mondays suck.
Favorite website besides your own?
So many to choose from but on I look at designspiration.net daily - inspiration overload!
Give us a brief description of you an your work.
Well my work is about a lot of things but mostly about the cause and effects of media overload. Right now I'm focused on analyzing news headlines like "Earthquake kills 10,000; Lindsey Lohan heads to court" or "Bin Laden dead; Is Seacrest leaving American Idol?" They say a lot about American culture and really become a snap shot of this apathetic and frenetic world we live in. I like to think of my work as a mirror of sorts that distills these fragments into new stories that hopefully encourage people to reflect on our collective behavior.
I guess you could say my works is also about redemption and change but that's another story you'll have to finish on your own.
What's your goal as an artist?
To make work I feel great about and that hopefully connects with people on some level.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Stop look and listen, inspiration is everywhere.
What was the last full album you listened to?
I'm old school, I only buy full albums so I would say daily. For me, listening to just the hits gets old fast, I like variety. Most of my playlists are a mix of full albums, right now my favorite is one I've titled "Everyday Art". It's what I listen to when working and contains some of my favorite bands like; The National, Neko Case, The Disciplines and Jon Auer of the Posies.
Favorite Golden Girl?
Favorite living artist? Favorite deceased artist?
These are always hard questions for me because the lists are so long it's hard to edit and pick favorites. Some of my top living artists would be Tom Sachs, Richard Prince and Jasper Johns. Dead artists always seem to be my true favorites for some weird reason, maybe because there will never be anything new? Among my favorite dead artists are; Robert Rauschenberg, Sol LeWitt, Basquiat, and Martin Kippenberger.
Scale of 1-10 (low-high), Picasso's Blue Period?
I like blue so most certainly an 8.
Scale of 1-10 (low-high), Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup?
I prefer Progresso Soup so maybe a like 4?
Who would win in a typography duel between David Carson and Dino dos Santos?
Who's Dino dos Santos? Is this one of those trick questions?
Who would win in a paint off between Gustav Klimt and Pierre-Auguste Renoir?
I think this would be so boring to watch I wouldn't stay to the end. It'd be like a couple of old ladies window shopping at Henri Bendel's.
Do you prefer Van Gogh with two ears or one?
One, I like me some crazy.
No I haven't and won't look at it either because every Holiday my mother in-law makes her Jello "salad" which she makes opaque by adding condensed milk. Nasty. So needless to say I don't EVEN want to look at it moving.
Why do you chose to show your artwork on Plywerk?
I love the sustainability of the bamboo boards and the print quality. The service is just amazing too, great people.
Does thinking of Plywerk give you love butterflies in your stomach?
Yes. Maybe even brings a tear in my eye, but you know boys don't cry. Wait, isn't that a Cure record, no a movie?
Favorite hair style?
Pompadour because it's just so ridiculous. Although a powdered wig is definitely a close second.
Breakfast cereal of choice?
Oatmeal. I had to give up Captain Crunch, total crack.
Anything else you want to tell us?
Well I worry about bees a lot, so please help them by buying honey from local beekeepers. Better yet learn to keep bees yourself, it's fun and not as difficult as you think.
More about Charles
Charles is an artist and graphic designer known for his unique ability to blend art, design and commerce together. Charles founded Automatic Art and Design in 1994 and over the years, has worked with Target, Coca-Cola, P&G, Burton Snowboards, Urban Outfitters, Fast Company, The New York Times, and dozens of other well known organizations. Charles and his team at Automatic have earned national and international recognition for their unique and somewhat unconventional approach to design.
Charles has pieces on display as part of a permanent collection at The Museum of Decorative Arts in Hamburg Germany and the Library of Congress in Washington DC. He's been featured in over a dozen books and magazines and has been part of exhibitions across the country. Above everything else, Charles is a super nice guy, a creative genius and exceptional at assembling puzzles with over 1200 pieces.