Charles Long was born in 1958 in Long Branch, New Jersey, he currently lives and works in California. In 1981, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Philadelphia College of Art while also participating in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program that year, and later earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in New Haven in 1988.
Since the early 1990’s, Long has explored the possibilities of sculpture through a rich vocabulary of materials, colors, images and shapes. Incorporating references to art history, popular culture, nature and his own experiences, Long’s work embraces modernist convention as a means of connecting inner and outer realities, forming pathways between one’s mental and bodily experiences and the surrounding environment. Through his many bodies of work over the years, the artist has consistently confronted formal parameters associated with sculpture as obstacles to push beyond, seeing modernism’s trajectory as unfinished and full of possibility.
Photo: Brett Cody Rogers.