For our first show of 2018, Grizzly Grizzly presents, “Luster”, Baltimore artist Zoë Charlton’s first solo exhibition in Philadelphia. Charlton creates drawings that explore the ironies of contemporary social and cultural stereotypes. For her show at Grizzly Grizzly, Charlton will present a new body of work created while in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Inspired by the African masks she uses in her large-scale drawings and collages, Charlton expands her intersecting interests in cultural identity, race, commodity and cultural tokenism, with a critical yet humorous approach to her subject: collectable African statues and African masks.
Zoë Charlton received her MFA degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions including the Harvey B. Gantt Center, Charlotte, NC; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR; Studio Museum of Harlem NYC, NY; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX; the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland and Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland. She is a past recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant and is currently an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC. Charlton is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at American University in Washington, DC.