Santa Fe-based artist Charles Kacin creates abstract artwork that resemble the natural weathering of surfaces. Charles studies the interaction of various materials and their resulting surface texture. Inspired by natural processes, his artistic process involves both creation and destruction. To begin a work, he layers acrylic paint, oil pastels, charcoal and graphite. Then, he uses sandpaper, pencils, screwdrivers, scrapers and even electric sanders to distress the surfaces of his work. While he controls the physical aspect of the paintings, he leaves emotional interpretations to the viewer. He says, “My work invites the viewer to make their own reality from the shapes, forms, and colors I present on the canvas.”
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About The Artist
I incorporate the Zen sensibility of wabi-sabi, highlighting the impermanence and imperfection of beauty as exemplified in nature and the passage of time. There is a collaboration between me and the materials used: building, adding more and more elements, and then stepping back to reduce the work to its purest form. Viewers are taken on a journey and construct their own reality in each work.
I leave my emotions on the canvas, captured in paint.
Northern Illinois University
Bachelor of Arts, 1980