Giving Life to the Community
Charles A Gadeken:
Charles A Gadeken grew up in Indian Hills, Colorado. A self-taught artist, Charles moved to San Francisco in 1989 to begin his professional career as an artist. Spotlighted in 1993 by the San Francisco Fine Art Dealers Association, Charles exhibited at Ebert Galleries, Union Square and was included in the group show, "Introductions 93" at Southern Exposure Gallery. Charles created the Illumination Project and first exhibited in 1996 at the Burning Man Festival. The Project has produced twenty-one monumental works of art and continues to evolve. In 1999 he received a grant from the San Francisco Art Commission to produce two works of art for the Grand Opening of Treasure Island. In 2001 he received a grant from the Reno Museum of Art to create a 310' x 250' sq. immerse installation for Reno's ARTown. Also in 2001 he received a grant from and exhibited at the Santa Rosa Visual Art Center (S-MOVA). In 1998 he founded QBOX.org. QBOX supports the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of mechanical, kinetic and electronic art in the Bay Area. QBOX has produced over 50 events, several full-length documentaries, and a number of short programs, which were presented locally and broadcast both on television and on the Web. In 1997 he joined the Flaming lotus girls and has produced dozens of works of art with this group. Their most recent piece was a 13' three-dimensional copper hand that shot 150' liquid fuel flames from each of its fingers and was highlighted and funded by Burning Man at the 2003 festival. Charlie now manages two art facilities here in the bay area, the Boxshop in Hunters Point and The Shipyard in Berkeley.