Charles Young

Term: February-April 2023

Charles Young is a Scottish artist living and working in Edinburgh, where he studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. His sculptures, in paper and wood, and animations draw from the forms and structures of the built environment.

Much of his work in recent years has been based on the serial production of small paper structures, building up day by day to create assembled urban landscapes out of the individual parts. These long-term constructions have acted as explorations of shape, the physical possibilities of paper as a material and, more recently, colour, as well as becoming a kind of journal or visual diary.

His recent work has focused on the idea of architectural ‘holdouts’, buildings that have been left behind within new waves of development and placed in a new context.

During his time in Leipzig, Young will continue to develop these ideas of buildings becoming detached from their original place in the world by looking at the structures of the Spinnerei, a complex which itself exists and functions in a new context, as well as other places in the city. The size of the studio space will allow him to focus on producing larger pieces of work in wood, cane and paper than has been possible up to this stage.