Whimsical. . .Satiric. . . Enigmatic. . . Intuitive.

These words describe the art of Charles Alexander, whose creativity finds outlet in collage, mixed media, acrylics, watercolors, prints, and 3D constructs.

He has exhibited at the Detroit Artists Market, the Scarab Club, the art gallery of the Center for Creative Studies, Times Square Gallery, the Impact Art Gallery, the Pittman/Puckett Gallery, and at the Oak Park Public Library, and in Chicago and San Francisco.

His work has been featured in the Detroit Free Press, the Ann Arbor News, the Metro Times, Between the Lines weekly, Cruise and Metra magazines. To date Alexander had donated many of his art pieces for fundraisers, silent auctions, and raffles. A Spirit of Detroit Award recipient, he has raised nearly $60,000 for human rights, AIDS, and lesbian/ gay causes and organizations.


How I create my art.

There is little conscious planning as I create my art. I work intuitively and rather quickly. I start with a geometric shape, a humorous or serious doodle, a fluid symbol fished from my subconscious, a newly minted hieroglyph or alphabet, sometimes a line expressive of energy and movement, and I proceed from there.

The process is closely akin to automatic writing or, to use a label in vogue, channeling. I become both a witness of and a conduit to creativity.

My work unfolds with its own inner logic (or lack of same), of which I am only dimly aware. The end product is an image or images that suggest rather than tell, probe rather than define, promise rather than state outright.

My work is whimsical, satiric, metaphysical, convoluted, and highly detailed. As much as possible I try not to censor my work but to let it flow from my psyche. Sometimes my work seems of a piece to me; at other times it seems disparate, created by a multiple artistic self (or selves). My art can be rigid or fluid, masculine or feminine, insightful or trivial. Importantly, my art is energetic, bursting with color, line and movement.

I use my art to act as a kind of satori (illumination; spontaneous grasping) for each viewer. To this end I title my pieces with names that are koans (riddles with non-logic "answers") of sorts: Waiting for the Light to Change; Watching for Three-Minute Eggs; Remembrance of Things Past Tense; Two Steps Ahead; Still Life in Motion, etc.

The result is art of a truly inner dimension, with its own dynamics and tensions, its own resolutions. I seek to bridge my intuitive world to that of those who experience my visual creations.

My art is both familiar and alien. It keeps me alive and aware.

Charles Alexander may be contacted at alexandersart@earthlink.net.