Charlie Stein

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*1986 Waiblingen
2007–2010 Malerei und Freie Grafik, Prof. Gerhard Merz, AdBK Munich
2013 Tongji University, Shanghai, China
2009–2014 Diplom Freie Kunst, AdBK Stuttgart
2016–2017 Postgraduate in Weißenhof-Programm of AdBK Stuttgart, Master student Prof. Christian Jankowski
  Lives and works in Berlin

Grants / Scholarships

2020 Atelier scholarship of BBK
2019 MALEREI 4.0, Art prize of the city Limburg
2017 Atelier scholarship des Herrenhauses Edenkoben
2015 ACAF Atelier scholarship – Australia China Art Foundation, Shanghai, China
2014 Atelier scholarship, Trélex Residency, Swiss
2013 Scholarship of Baden-Württemberg
2010 Klett-Passage Art prize, Stuttgart
2008 Art prize of Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Warsaw, Poland

Solo exhibitions

2022 Unimate, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
  Flow My Tears, Bark Berlin Gallery
2021 Unimate, Smac, Berlin
  First Day Above Ground, Bark Berlin Gallery
  Portrait of a Future, Priska Pasquer Gallery, Cologne
2019 MALEREI 4.0, Kunstpreis Limburg
2018 Amerika, Oberwelt E.V., Stuttgart
2017 One Show Closer to the End, Edenkoben
  The Dual Nature of Be, Do and Have, Delilah, NYC, USA
2015 Eye to Eye, Salon Neucologne E.V., Berlin
2012 Schlüsselangst, BBK Stuttgart
2010 Multi Level Analysis, Internationalgalerie, Stuttgart

Group exhibitions

2022 Blind Visions, Treptow Ateliers, Berlin
  Elb/Hängung #2, Villa am Elbhang, Hamburg
  Icebreaker – Eine Spree-Expedition, Bootsmanufaktur Nils Clausen
  Contemporary Istanbul mit Ambidexter Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey
  Five!, Valerius Art Gallery, Luxemburg
  Wow Now, SETAREH, Berlin
  A Portrait of Spirits, Bark Berlin Gallery, Berlin
2021 Winds of Change, Priska Pasquer Gallery, Cologne
  Highlights, Münchner Residenz, Munich
  Prognose, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
  Nothing's Gonna Change my World, Raum Www, Berlin
  Behind the Scenes of Hidden Tracks, Schaufenster, Berlin
  Hallelujah! God Is a Woman, Valerius Gallery, Luxemburg
2020 Echt und Falsch, Skulptur Triennale, Bingen
  Perspectives, Re:future Lab, Berlin
  Something True, Das Arty, Berlin
  Nebulous, Studio Baustelle, Berlin
2019 Poetics, House of Poetics (Cooper Union), New York, USA
  Artists & Allies II , Signs & Symbols Gallery, New York, USA
  En Bloc, Galerie Nicole Gnesa, Munich
2018 Vehement, Villa Merkel, Esslingen
  Kunstpreis Wesseling, Wesseling
  Academiae Youth Art Biennale, Fortezza Franzensfeste, South tyrol, Italy
2017 Perfect Residents, Sinopale 6, Turkey
  POSTERS, Blackball Projects. Williamsburg, NYC, USA
  Ichduersiees, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg
2016 Belrose Highlights, Sea Foundation of the Arts, Tilburg, Netherlands
  Bum., Kunstverein Schorndorf
  Sound and Space, BBK Stuttgart
2015 LOVE, Galerie Utopia , Athina Art Fair, Athens, Greece
2014 Continental Drift, Songjiang Art Museum, Shanghai, China
  Urban Shades, Design Museum Holon, Holon, Israel
  UCLA: Untitled Art Cafe , UCLA Broad Arts Center, Los Angeles, USA
2012 Show Me Yours, I Show You Mine , Wilhelmspalais, Stuttgart

The creatures that populate the imagery of artist Charlie Stein's paintings and drawings appear contemporary and modern in their aesthetics. They borrow from visualities of social media and pop cultural phenomena. Applied with oil on canvas or colored pencil on paper, these traditional media of artistic creation lend a timelessness to the highly topical, often futuristic-looking motifs, and encourage us to ask questions beyond obvious present-day references.

This questioning is rewarded - for what at first glance might appear to be a reproduction of media image floods and aesthetics is based on an intensive examination of philosophical and historical themes and discourses, which Stein transfers into the here and now with the help of the traditional media of painting and drawing, thus creating a synthesis, between tradition and modernity, between technology and technique, between analog and digital. Often, references to the history of art and humanity, serve as visual signposts, as points of reference for cross-epochal bridging inherent in the images.

In addition to the thematic examination of the social role of bodies read as female, the influence of technologies on social interaction, and other socio-critical discourses, an examination of the chosen medium itself is always recognizable in the works - with classical motifs such as the portrait, with body forms and poses and their representation and artistic implementation, as well as with forms of abstraction, the integration of textual elements, or with almost photo-realistic approaches.

However, Charlie Stein's artistic perspective is not limited to the isolated work, but also incorporates the reception experience and the space in which the work is created, exists, and is received into the creative process. Thus, installative elements are often added in the exhibition context, giving the works a multidimensionality that is both spatial and interpretive, and often also critically to humorously questioning the notion of institutionalized exhibition contexts. Frequently, the works thus appear to have grown out of the space quite naturally and thus also address the relationship between visual art and architecture by giving the space a meaning beyond a mere open space for the artworks on display.

In their preoccupation with technologies, robots and humanoids play a major role in Stein's works. References contained in the titles of the drawings as well as visual elements point to an intense engagement with this subject matter. Stein's works succeed in posing the question of technological possibilities, of the belief in progress and the benefits of technologization, of the influence of artificial intelligences on human interaction and social coexistence, while at the same time neither foregrounding benefits nor problematic issues.

Stein lives and works in Berlin. She studied painting and sculpture with Gerhard Merz and Christian Jankowski.

Elsa Mack