Artist Charles Bremer has explored a wide breadth of creative medium in his career ranging from photography, drawing and sculpture, to theater stage sets and experimental sound. His work has been exhibited in art centers, galleries, and private collections both in the United States and internationally. His figurative graphic work explores a synthesis of the natural elements with the human body in a highly developed method of hand painted photographic prints. His images of objects and art supplies stand as unique allegories of creativity, conscience, playfulness and aging. He is an accomplished master in the technique of encaustic wax glaze. Recent exhibitions have included studies of old art supplies, collaborative projects exploring text and image, a photographic series Two Dancers at the National Museum of Dance, and his new image work: body & clay.
Beginning in the mid 1980’s, in collaboration with his wife Martha, they conceived and hosted a series of regional exhibitions at their upstate farm exploring the natural elements in art. These large exhibitions; Art on the Wind, Waterways, Earthworks, and Art on Fire brought together many artists to share themes related to environmental concern and issues important to the upstate New York region. Much of Bremer’s sound work has aimed to educate and celebrate the importance of protected natural spaces both urban and rural. He has designed unique teaching programs for young students emphasizing the art of listening and unique outdoor instruments activated by the natural forces: wind, fire, and water.
“I love the creative potential and beauty of artists materials; crayons, pencils, pigments, paint tubes. Like bodies, these objects express spirit and light in a vision rising from the warmth of darkness. The sweet and tactile medium of beeswax is both sensuous and durable. In the studio memory is an art supply, vessels and fragments in a collection of wonders and pleasures, strange and intriguing, tracing the pathway of our desires toward a life shared, expressive and alive.”