Caroline Hayes Charuk

About

Group Exhibition: What Is Left Behind, June 29th – August 3rd, 2019

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. 

Artist Statement

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.

Curriculum Vitae

CAROLINE HAYES CHARUK

b. 1986 Morristown, NJ

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016    

No, Don’t Get Up, Old New England, Oakland CA

2015    

Possible IRL Hangout, The White Page, Minneapolis MN

2013    

Dust Prints, Interface Gallery, Oakland CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018   

Bloomin’, Outback Art House, Los Angeles, CA

2017   

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.

2015    

Shadows,  The Bedfellows Club, Little Rock AR

Im(materiel),  Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito CA

2014    

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

2013    

The Something is Coming,  Alter Space, San Francisco CA

MFA Thesis Exhibition,  California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA

2012   

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

2011    

In Motion Post Office Gallery, Oakland CA

 

RESIDENCIES & SPECIAL PROJECTS  

2017-2019 

Member, CTRL+SHFT Collective, Oakland CA. Focused on program curation and grant writing.

2017    

Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center. Johnson, VT. April

2016    

Artist In Residence, Old New England. Berkeley, CA. April – June

2015    

Artist In Residence, The White Page. Minneapolis, MN. July

2014    

Berkeley Art Museum and AlterSpace Gallery. Designed and fabricated upholstered furniture for The Something.

2013   

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.

2011

Artist In Residence, Herekeke Arts Center. Lama, New Mexico.

2006    

Artist In Residence, International Summer Workshop, Experimental Television Center. Owego, NY

 

PUBLICATIONS

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.

http://www.kqed.org/arts/visualarts/article.jsp?essid=121092

MFA NOW 2012, Root Division

 

LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

2019

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

2015
Artist Lecture, Sculpture Department, California College of the Arts

2014

REMATERIALIZING: Interviews with Emerging Artists About Physicality, Pattern and Textile Techniques. Textile Society of America’s 14th Biennial Symposium, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Artist Lecture, Textiles Department, California College of the Arts

 

EDUCATION

2011-2013           

California College of the Arts  San Francisco, CA

Master of Fine Arts, textiles and sculpture

2004-2008           

Alfred University  Alfred, NY

Bachelor of Fine Arts, sculpture and ceramics