Random Routes - June 19th to 23rd
An art exhibition by Catherine de Callataÿ and Charles Robinson.
Both artists have spent most of their lives living abroad. Their work explores the emotions of a nomadic existence; one is at home everywhere and nowhere at the same time. While they have circumnavigated similar parts of the globe, they ultimately befriended one another as neighbours here in London.
Catherine de Callataÿ was born in 1967 in Brussels. She likes to work on landscapes that depict sensations of freedom, infinity and peacefulness. The image of the woman looking away invites the viewer to reflect on one’s own dreams and fears of stepping into a new journey.
Catherine’s journey began in Louisiana as a student in 1985. She lived consecutively in Andalusia, Italy, England, Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore, Austria, and Brazil. She joined the Studio MiuArt in Singapore and Isabelle Ribot’s atelier in São Paulo. Since 2013, she has been part of the ArtHouse project in London. Catherine is a volunteer at the Notre Dame Refugee Centre in London and 30% of her sales will be donated to the Centre.
Charles Robinson, son of a painter, was born the same year in New York City and from an early age carried a camera as his constant companion. He learned to develop and print his own work as a kid in his grandparents’ darkroom and went on to study photography as a teenager at Trinity School and then Haverford College. Sebastião Salgado, the Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist, remains one of his greatest role models. Like Salgado, Charles also completed a Master’s Degree in finance (Columbia University) and frequents developing markets in an attempt to understand their evolution. An American, French and British citizen, he has travelled to 56 countries and nearly every state in America.
He first encountered Belgium as an exchange student at KU Leuven University. Work subsequently took him from NYC to Hong Kong and then on to London in 2004 with his Korean wife and two kids. While Charles has always inhabited mega metropolises, his work is typically devoid of people for the most part. His work has been exhibited internationally and published in PHOTO Magazine. All proceeds are being donated to The Photographers Gallery, the first public gallery in the UK dedicated to the medium.