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Charlotte Becket

Associate Professor

Dyson College of Arts & Sciences

Art

Location
  • @New York City

Biography


Charlotte Becket lives and works in New York City where she is also an Associate Professor in the Art Department at Pace University. She received her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Recent solo and two person exhibitions include RuSalon in Brooklyn NY, Crisp Gallery in London, LEAP in Berlin and Taxter and Spengemann in New York City. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at Gazelli Art House in London, the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, and Anna Kustera, NY Studio Gallery, Leslie Heller, Passerby and the Invitational Exhibition Academy of Arts and Letters, among others in New York City. She has been invited to lecture on her work at various galleries and universities and has been the recipient of grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Tony Smith Foundation, and the Verizon Foundation. Her work has been reviewed in; The New York Times, TimeOut London, ArtForum, and Art in America. Her work was recently included, 100 Artists, a compendium of interviews with 100 international contemporary artists by Francesca Gavin.

Awards and Honors

  • Socrates Sculpture Park & the New York Cultural Commission, March 30, 2015 - Socrates Sculpture Park Artist in Residence

RESEARCH INTEREST


My work includes kinetic sculptures and installations that create projected imagery produced through analogue methods. The sculptures contain lights and curved glass lenses to project images of themselves onto the surrounding space. The light projections allude to digital screens, surveillance, hallucinations and mirages. The relationship between the physical sculptures and their projected images initiate a dialogue between physical and perceived boundaries, agency and power. Our environment is one where automation, information, consumerism, progress and erosion are collapsed into a muddle that both celebrates and questions its status quo. The mechanical sculptures I construct explore the complexities of this ambivalence through errant machinery, polished forms that collapse and resume composure, and illuminated projections or screens that depict only the looping and chattering mechanisms behind them. The work aims to imbue these absurd and irrational scenarios with a pathos, humor and aesthetic seduction so as to draw out a conversation about our own relationship to speed, progress, technology and survival within perpetually fracturing and rearranging circumstances. The work's looping, rhythmic motion transforms the sculptures from motorized machines to figural abstractions or landscapes. The mechanization in these pieces work in opposition to what we demand of the mechanized world around us. It seeks to offer something else, something that is slow and inefficient but more closely aligned with our selves.

ARTISTIC AND PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES AND EXHIBITS

Emerging Artist's Fellowship Exhibition
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket and Roger Sayre,, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queen, New York

Small Towns
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket and Roger Sayre,, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA

Fluid
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket,, New House Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, New York

Mono No Aware
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket,, Mono No Aware at Light Space Studios, Brooklyn, NY

Exit; Cartografia de la Creatividad
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket,, Museo de Arte de Sinaloa, Culiacan Mexico, Culiacan Mexico

NYFA Hall of Fame Benefit
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket,, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York

Beyond 1.1
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket,, Tanya Grunert Gallery, New York

No Egress: Dark Ecologies
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket,, Heliopolis Gallery , Brooklyn

IN-­?SITE: The Intersection of Art and Architecture
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket and Roger Sayre,, The Lennie Pierro Memorial Art Foundation with The Village of South, South Orange, NJ

Critical Review of Exhibition "Dlectricity"
[Art - Art Works in Publication] Charlotte Becket,, Midtown Detroit Inc. , Detroit, MI

Dlectricity Nuit Blanche, Detroit, MI
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket,, Midtown Detroit Inc. , Detroit, MI

Artist Interview for the art blog Platinum Cheese
[Art - Art Works in Publication] Charlotte Becket,, Platinum Cheese Art and Culture Blog, Brooklyn

Kings and Queens
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket,, Lorimoto Gallery, Bushwick Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

It Ain't What You Make It's What Makes You Do It
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket,, Valentine Gallery, Ridgewood Queens, Queens, NY

Critical Review of Exhibition "NEWD Art Show"
[Art - Art Works in Publication] Charlotte Becket,, COED Contemporáneo, Brooklyn

NEWD Art Show
[Art - Exhibition, Competitive] Charlotte Becket,, The 1896, Brooklyn, NY

Critical Review of Exhibition "Kings and Queens"
[Art - Art Works in Publication] Charlotte Becket,, Lorimoto Gallery, Bushwick Brooklyn, Brooklyn

Critical Review of Exhibition "It Ain't What You Make It's What Makes You Do It"
[Art - Art Works in Publication] Charlotte Becket,, Valentine Gallery, Ridgewood Queens, Queens

Critical Review of Exhibition "It Ain't What You Make It's What Makes You Do It"
[Art - Art Works in Publication] Charlotte Becket,, Valentine Gallery, Ridgewood Queens, Queens

Solo Exhibition- "Nothing on Top"
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person] Charlotte Becket,, Brunswick Window, Jersey City, NJ, Brooklyn

Grants, Contracts and Sponsored Research

Becket, C. C. (2014, January 23). Artist's Fellowship - Sculpture category .
New York Foundation for the Arts , State , $7,000.00 . Funded,Artists' Fellowships are not project grants but are instead intended to fund an artist's vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development... Artists' Fellowships are chosen based on the single criterion of work that demonstrates a compelling vision as defined by the assembled panel's collective opinion. This year NYFA received a record number of applications; 4,117 in five categories and awarded 90 grants. - NYFA Press Office

Becket, C. C. (2014, July 30). Exhibition Funding.
Midtown Detroit, Inc. , Other , $3,500.00 . Funded,DLECTRICITY presented by DTE Energy is Detroit's nighttime festival of art + light that features over 35 world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art will illuminate Midtown Detroit, from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. -press release Midtown Detroit Inc. "received over 360 applications from highly accomplished artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs from around the world".(from press office)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Alliance of Museums , October 25 , 2013
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