Artist Charles Miller

by Jonathan Hack

As promised, we’ve chosen 3 Gowanus artists to showcase and get to know a little better as we countdown to ‘GO Brooklyn Art‘ on September 8th and 9th. Allow us to introduce the first artist in our series, Charles Miller.
We asked him a few quick questions and here’s what he had to say…


Where are you from originally?

Charles: Grew up all over the place.  Santa Barbara, California for high school, which are really the only years I sort of remember…the ones that left a mark.

When did you realize you wanted to be an artist? 

Charles: Sometime around my third year at Bennington College back in the early eighties.  

Is art your main source of income?  

Charles: Yes 

Where did you get your education from? 

Charles: Bachelors from Bennington College in Bennington, VT, Masters in Architecture from Harvard University

Who are your influences?

Charles: Heinrich Von Kleist, Franz Kafka. Bach, Django Reinhardt, Thelonious Monk, Akira Kurosawa, Bruce Lee, Diego Velázquez, Édouard Manet, Edward Hopper, Tex Avery… I could go on for a long time.

Favorite piece by another artist? 

Charles: Impossible question for me to answer. 

Favorite piece of your own? 

Charles: An archive I designed for Franz Kafka which consisted of a diary, a portable desk, a suit jacket, quilt, reliquary, and two small portraits of Kafka and his favorite sister, Ottla, who perished in Auschwitz in 1943.  Also a large glass beaded curtain I made for this terrible movie called Autumn in New York with Richard Gere and Winona Ryder, directed by Joan Chen.  I wish I still had that piece.  It was made of thousands of antique beads and took months to make.  It enjoyed about thirty seconds of screen time. Then the director took it I believe. The movie tanked. 


Charles: Quite a few!

In which neighborhood do you live? 

Charles: Currently Park Slope. 

Where is your studio? 

Charles: Gowanus area, next to Lowes. 

How did you get involved with ‘GO’? 

Charles: A friend and neighbor, Joe, a performance artist who works with sand.  Being a surfer, I love sand.

“Sammi Smith” 1998. Oil on Linen, 28×26 in.

In addition to finding Charles’s work on the ‘Go’ tour you can see his work on his two site: and



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