For over a decade multidisciplinary artist Charles Lindsay has been exploring the microcosms and macrocosms of the universe through the most elemental components of photography: surface, emulsion, and light.
An interest in the origins of life on earth and what forms sentience might assume elsewhere in the universe drives his work. These early CARBON images become a world unto themselves, referencing the microscopic essence of life on this planet—animal, vegetal, and mineral—and the macroscopic wonders of the infinite universe.
Through his camera-less CARBON series he merges the aesthetics of space exploration and scientific imaging with the interpretation of abstract symbols. The series began with a camera-less method discovered while experimenting with photograms and drawing. CARBON later grew into immersive environments including large stills, video, multi-point sound and inter-active sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and biotech equipment, which have been exhibited at Mass MOCA, among other national institutions.
Educated as an exploration geologist, Charles Lindsay worked as a photojournalist in Southeast Asia before embracing the possibilities of the digital revolution in his current artistic practice. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and founder of NASA’s SETI Artist in Residence program. After many years in New York, he currently spends his time traveling between Baja, California, and Kyoto, Japan, where he is a visiting professor at the Kyoto University of the Arts.