This focused exhibition of twelve new watercolors by celebrated conceptual artist Charles Gaines provides an intimate look into the systems and processes used by the artist for his acclaimed and ever-evolving ‘Numbers and Trees’ series. Trees have been a central motif in Gaines’s distinguished practice since he first began his ‘Walnut Tree Orchard’ series in the 1970s and his methodical examination of their form continues in this series inspired by cottonwood trees he photographed on a recent trip to Arizona. The cottonwood trees photographed by Gaines during this trip will form the basis of a new series of Plexiglas works that the artist will debut in his forthcoming solo exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum in November 2024.
Image: Charles Gaines, Numbers and Trees: Arizona Series 2, Tree #4, Kanab 2023, Watercolor and ink on paper, 64.8 x 54.6 cm / 25 1/2 x 21 1/2 in; 71.4 x 61.3 x 5.1 cm / 28 1/8 x 24 1/8 x 2 in (framed) © Charles Gaines. Photo: Keith Lubow
About the artist
A pivotal figure in the field of Conceptual Art, Charles Gaines’ body of work engages formulas and systems that interrogate relationships between the objective and the subjective realms. Using a generative approach to create series of works in a variety of mediums,…Learn more