October 4 – November 11, 2017
Reception & Book Signing:
Friday, October 6, 2017, 5-8 pm
The Scarab Club is proud to host a solo exhibition of Charles Alexander’s work in its lounge gallery. The exhibition celebrates the release of his book, The Art of Charles Alexander, edited by John Douglas Peters and published by Treasure Press. All proceeds of the book benefit the Scarab Club.
Charles Alexander is a lifelong Detroiter. He came up through Detroit schools when the city was a model of education. Cass Tech, Wayne State, and the streets and environs of the city informed his views and interests. His most marked characteristic is a boundless curiosity, reflected in a vast knowledge of art, opera, literature, politics.
Even the drive that spurred him toward expression as a visual artist has a connection to Detroit, in the way it echoed the city motto: “Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus”: We hope for better things; it will rise from the ashes.
More than thirty-five years ago Charles embraced sobriety. In the process of his recovery he was drawn to collage as a means of personal expression. What began as therapy brought him back to the artistic practice which had sustained him throughout his life.
Charles is a prolific artist, creating on average one new piece of work each day. His work is imbued with a fluent energy expressed in a graceful flow of dots, dashes, swoops of color, fragments of letters that seem to be from a forgotten language. There is nothing tentative about the marks he uses; they have the fluency and confidence of one who has refined his artistic practice over decades.
In addition to his work as a visual artist, Charles has written a column for Between the Lines for nearly twenty-five years. His writing is a perfect complement to his art: bright, lively, satirical, humorous, even as he slyly skewers the absurdities of social and political life.
Charles Alexander is a wonderful example of what it means to live an engaged life. His generosity as a writer, artist, mentor, patron and friend continue to leave an indelible mark on the city of Detroit and the community he loves.