Since the late 1960s, Charles Fahlen has been using humble materials to make enigmatic sculptures that explore personal memory and cultural myths while reflecting on the sculptural process and the objecthood of things.
He came of age in the post-minimalist era with artists like Eva Hesse, Scott Burton and Richard Tuttle, and began his career making works that allude primarily to their own strange forms and unusual materials. A Fahlen sculpture might resemble the observation tower in a chicken coop and it would probably be made from stuff you could get at the hardware store: chicken wire, MDF, some kind of resin. It could be droll like the 1975 wall-mounted Cracker Jack, an accordian-shaped folder with five monochromatic panels
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