Caroline Hayes Charuk lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, after an eight-year stint in Oakland, CA. She holds a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. Caroline spent two years as an organizing member of CTRL+SHFT Collective, a studio and exhibition space for women, non-binary and trans-spectrum artists in the Bay Area. Her work has been exhibited at Berkeley Art Museum, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Interface Gallery, Alter Space Gallery, and with artist-run projects Outback Art House, The Bedfellows Project, and The White Page.
This body of work is rooted around how textile objects, materials and motifs can be signifiers of gendered identity. I choose materials and scale to set up a mood within the objects, which is often one of heaviness, defeat, or disorganization, even as other elements like color or sparkle evoke cheerfulness or ebullience. I am particularly interested in looking at decorative objects for the home and body through the lens of my own experience of being a queer woman within my family’s matrilineage. My background in craft, craft theory and material culture provides both skill in construction and rendering, but also provides a set of material hierarchies to openly disregard as I make replicas that combine faux surfaces with natural materials and shifts in scale in order to deliver jokes and/or half-hidden sincerity.
I make material choices that also speak to a sort of consumer-grade craft. I have often joked that my former studio was within walking distance to Michael’s and Home Depot, and that really forms the basis of my aesthetics. I am interested in how that sort of big box store-driven hand-making and materialism intersects with capitalist consumerism, and believe that one can look at it either cynically or sincerely, or both at once.
CAROLINE HAYES CHARUK
b. 1986 Morristown, NJ
No, Don’t Get Up, Old New England, Oakland CA
Possible IRL Hangout, The White Page, Minneapolis MN
Dust Prints, Interface Gallery, Oakland CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Bloomin’, Outback Art House, Los Angeles, CA
Our Archive, a Site of Making for 20 Artists, Past & Present, Adobe Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
Residue, Alfred University Cohen Gallery, Alfred NY
Double Dip, CTRL+SHFT, Oakland, CA
Craft Action: Genre Bending College Art Association Conference, New York, NY.
Shadows, The Bedfellows Club, Little Rock AR
Im(materiel), Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito CA
New Directions, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles CA
The Possible, (exhibiting with The Something) Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley CA
Wabi Sabi, Alter Space, San Francisco CA
The Something is Coming, Alter Space, San Francisco CA
MFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA
Come Out & Play SF, SOMArts, San Francisco CA
Knots: Textile Topographies, North and South Galleries, Oakland CA
John Baldessari: Class Assignments (optional), CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco CA
Infinite Refractions, The Lab, San Francisco CA
In Motion Post Office Gallery, Oakland CA
RESIDENCIES & SPECIAL PROJECTS
Member, CTRL+SHFT Collective, Oakland CA. Focused on program curation and grant writing.
Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center. Johnson, VT. April
Artist In Residence, Old New England. Berkeley, CA. April – June
Artist In Residence, The White Page. Minneapolis, MN. July
Berkeley Art Museum and AlterSpace Gallery. Designed and fabricated upholstered furniture for The Something.
CAMP Un-Conference, workshop leader. Bass Harbor, ME.
Artist-in-Residence, SFUSD’s McKinley Elementary School, with San Francisco Art Education Project
Costume Design and Fabrication for contemporary dance film, Muddled Media.
Artist In Residence, Herekeke Arts Center. Lama, New Mexico.
Artist In Residence, International Summer Workshop, Experimental Television Center. Owego, NY
Crafting Community: Exhibition in Print, curated by Marci Rae McDade and Mark Newport. Surface Design Association. 2017.
All Around Us Always, Ed. Emily Tareila and Larissa Greer. Colpa Press. 2013.
CCA MFA Catalog, 2013
After the After-Party: California College of the Arts 2013 MFA Show, Mark Taylor. KQED Arts.
MFA NOW 2012, Root Division
LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS
Organizer and moderator, Textile Society of America’s New Professional Convening: Envisioning Textiles Futures, with Regan de Loggans, Lynnette Miranda and Karen Hampton. The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Artist Lecture, Sculpture Department, California College of the Arts
REMATERIALIZING: Interviews with Emerging Artists About Physicality, Pattern and Textile Techniques. Textile Society of America’s 14th Biennial Symposium, Los Angeles, CA
Artist Lecture, Textiles Department, California College of the Arts
California College of the Arts San Francisco, CA
Master of Fine Arts, textiles and sculpture
Alfred University Alfred, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts, sculpture and ceramics