Charles Sandison: Rage, love, hope, and despair
Using darkness as his canvas and language as his medium, Scottish-born artist Charles Sandison is known for creating hypnotic digital projections that fill galleries and cover architectural facades. Throughout his work, Sandison explores relationships among such diverse disciplines as history, philosophy, linguistics, mathematics, and science through technology-based media and visual projection. For Rage, love, hope, and despair, Sandison generated computer code to simulate patterns of human behavior. Utilizing color-coded texts to represent different emotions or physical states, the installation becomes a dense sea of words that move in response to each other. Texts float across gallery walls and words explode like supernovae in the darkened space. The rhythmic movements of the vocabulary that Sandison selected and programmed—‘hate’ chases ‘love’ and ‘love’ breeds ‘life,’ for example—reveal what the artist calls an “emotional dialogue.” Surrounded by the poetic constellation of words, viewers are encouraged to find personal meaning in the fragmented narrative unfolding around them in the gallery.
About the Artist:
Born in Scotland, Charles Sandison graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1993. For the last 15 years Sandison has lived in Tampere, Finland, where he taught at the Tampere School of Art and Media between 1996 and 2001. He is primarily known for his word-based digital projections in which language moves and drifts in free-form, nonlinear systems over walls and architectural façades. These projects are often created for specific sites, such as Musée du Quai Branly and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. His work has been featured in over 40 solo exhibitions and is currently included in the Singapore Biennale 2011. Works by Sandison are in the collections of the Reina Sofia, Madrid; Kiasma, Helsinki; and Kunstmuseum Bonn.