CHARLES MASON
Charles Mason deploys a deceptively minimal approach using, among other materials,
ceramic tiles, pieces of furniture, electrical tape and concrete, familiar things that fabricate
and furnish our daily life, which he combines to create seductive sculptures.

Objects that should be defined by a proper form and a proper use, here, Mason misuses,
the resulting sculptures; formal, subtle and anti-authoritative perform a re-employment of
recovered elements evoking unexpected emotions.

The finished works hint at their former lives as well as proposing new ones, replete with
psychological implications and open to narrative, they probe the world in which they find
themselves, like interventions in the urban fabric of the overlooked and undervalued.

Education
1981-84
Bristol School of Art, BA Fine Art
1987-89
Slade School of Art, MA sculpture


Awards
1999
Individual Artist Award, London Arts Board
1996-97
The Rome Scholar in Sculpture, British School at Rome

Forthcoming:
May 2008, Charles Mason, Masahide Otani, Vittorio Santoro at Immanence, Paris

Solo exhibitions:
2007
intervention, Campo Sant’ Agnese, 52nd Venice Biennale
Charles Mason, Galerie Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux
2004
Charles Mason, Station, Phoenix Wharf, Bristol
2000
Cul-de-sac, Oratorio di san Ludivico, Nuova Icona Gallery, Venice (catalogue)
Charles Mason, Transit space, London (catalogue)
1999
Cuckoo, 48th Venice Biennale, Nuova Icona Gallery, Venice
1997
Charles Mason, British School at Rome (catalogue)
1995
Forms of Love, Coopers & Lybrand, London
1994
Eight Sculptures, Henrietta House, London
1991
Cast, The Basement (Nigel Greenwood Gallery) London
1989
Artist of the Day, Flowers East, London (catalogue)

Group Exhibitions:
2007
Fiac, Galerie Cortex Athletico, Louvre, Paris
- oui la c'est bien, Liste, Basel Art Fair
2006
Room Editions, ROOM, London
Liste, Basel Art Fair, Basel
Fiac, Cortex Athletico, Louvre, Paris
Picnic area (dumb interior), curated by Simon Morrissey, ROOM, Bristol
2005
Föhn, curated by Rob Wilson, Chelsea space, London
Urban Formalism/Urbain Formalisme, Charles Mason and Laura White, Cortex Athletico and Museum of Contemporary
Art, Bordeaux
2003
Scenery, 50th Venice Biennale Nuova Icona Gallery, Venice
Scenery, (Adam Caruso, Wim Delvoye, Charles Mason,Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mandy Ure, Roy Voss, Naomi Wilkinson)
Richard Salmon Gallery, London (catalogue)
2002
Starting over II, Charles Mason and Maurizio Pelligrin Nuova Icona Gallery, Venice
2001
Starting over, Charles Mason and Maurizio Pelligrin,
The Italian Cultural Institute, London (catalogue)
2000
New Work, Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield
1999
Thinking Aloud, curated by Richard Wentworth, Hayward Gallery NTE, Camden Arts Centre, London
Physical Evidence, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (catalogue) and Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham
1998
Transitional, (three person show) Nuova Icona Gallery, Venice
ArtFutures , CAS, Royal Festival Hall, London
1997
Ninth Mostyn Open (selected by: Katrina Brown, Susan Daniel, David Thorp)
Oriel Mostyn, Wales (Catalogue)
Arte Inglese, The British School at Rome, Italy (catalogue)
Torri D’avvistamento, Tuscania, Italy
1996
Whitechapel Open, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Seventh Mostyn Open, (selected by Penelope Curtis, Susan Daniel & Michael Tooby)
Oriel Mostyn, Wales (catalogue)