Charles LaBelle


Opening Sept. 7, Bodybuilder and Sportsman Gallery in Chicago will present new works by photographer Charles LaBelle. LaBelle has been developing an ongoing series of works that feature hundreds of one-inch square photographs complied into a single, large and intricately compounded work. The artist acts as both a tourist and artist, traveling to cities all over the world, taking snapshots that are then brought back to his studio and arranged as a mosaic, from cut proof sheets, drawing connections and developing narratives, purely out of image association. The density of information and the fragmented depiction of each city are strikingly similar to how a viewer would take in a new city when walking around. The presentation of each piece allows for a collective understanding of a place through the observation of multiple fragments rather than a single establishing view. LaBelle received both his BA and Graduate Studies Degree from UCLA in California. The artist currently lives and works in New York City and has produced exhibitions, including “Miami Drift” at Lemon Sky Projects in Miami and “Intervals + Intensities” with the Ten in One Gallery in NYC. The artist has received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation (2003) and the Getty Trust (2000).