DARLENE CHARNECO: FIELD MAPPINGS—WEAVES AND TOUCHMAPS
AME 2020 Winner
Darlene Charneco is the 2020 Artist Members Exhibition Top Honors Awardee, chosen by Susan Thompson, former Associate Curator, The Guggenheim.
Charneco uses various materials and techniques to create a distinct visual language and mapping system, evoking memory, connection, and evolution. The Weaves and Touchmaps are part of an ongoing series of artworks inspired by dreams, visions, nature studies and the common thread of ritual found in many cultures and religions.
Through the meditative process of hammering nails, one by one, each mixed-media wall piece contains an aggregation of nails representing positive wishes and visualizations for our present and future Earth. For Charneco, during this ‘writing’ process, the nails become tangible objects renewing hope, determination, and faith in the accumulation of many small but important actions through time. Charneco uses the progression of each piece to form units that Weave together into tactile topographical fields that gradually reveal microcosms representing ever-shifting roles, identities, and collective movements within evolving complex organisms. Through our interconnectedness—both physical and virtual forms—Charneco highlights the power of individual acts to affect change when compounded.
This exhibition is organized by Guild Hall’s Director of Visual Arts, Melanie Crader.
Galleries are open Friday to Monday, 12-5 PM. Museum admission is always free.
Member Opening Reception: Saturday, March 9, 11 AM-12 PM
Darlene Charneco is a contemporary Latin-American artist whose mixed-media mapping series looks at people, networks, homes, and communities as part of a larger organism’s growth stage. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States at venues including PRAXIS in Chelsea, NY, the Katonah Museum, the Hunterdon Museum, The Islip Art Museum, and the Parrish Art Museum, and is featured in the recent book ‘The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography’ by Katherine Harmon. She was awarded the 2017 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and recently completed a commission for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. Charneco lives and works on the East End of Long Island, and is a part of the Guild Hall's Permanent Collection.
Photo: Philippe Cheng