Skip to Main Content

Charles Lindsay

American, b. 1961

Follow

Charles Lindsay

American, b. 1961

Biography

Charles Lindsay likens his multimedia practice to that of a scientist, saying it “involves exploration, observation and imagination. But I hope to provoke questions as opposed to provide answers.” Lindsay, who received his education in geology, began his artistic career as a travelling documentary photographer; his most famous projects took him to Greenland, Indonesia, and the Arctic Circle. He is also well known for creating his own cameraless photographic process, involving spreading a carbon-based emulsion directly onto the photographic negatives. He often scans and manipulates these images, or uses them to create animations as part of multi-sensory installations. Lindsay has also been known to create kinetic sculptures from repurposed or discarded NASA equipment.

Related Categories
Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MASS MoCA
Biography

Charles Lindsay likens his multimedia practice to that of a scientist, saying it “involves exploration, observation and imagination. But I hope to provoke questions as opposed to provide answers.” Lindsay, who received his education in geology, began his artistic career as a travelling documentary photographer; his most famous projects took him to Greenland, Indonesia, and the Arctic Circle. He is also well known for creating his own cameraless photographic process, involving spreading a carbon-based emulsion directly onto the photographic negatives. He often scans and manipulates these images, or uses them to create animations as part of multi-sensory installations. Lindsay has also been known to create kinetic sculptures from repurposed or discarded NASA equipment.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Group
Group show at a major institution
MASS MoCA