We visit the Brooklyn studio of Charlie Engman in advance of his solo booth at PULSE Art Fair New York during Armory Week.
“When it comes to art, I’m primarily motivated by that fundamental excitement that occurs when a successful relationship is established between an object and an intention.”
“The simple 'aha' feeling when you make a face out of the headlights and bumper of a car, for example — there’s a strange sense of author-less coincidence and uncanny inevitability there that is nonetheless a product of some kind of decision-making. I think collage, and photography to some extent, is uniquely suited to produce this effect.”
“Collage interests me specifically, because it involves a double-remove; I’m taking moments that have already been 'realized' and un-realizing, or re-realizing, them with my scissors and tape.”
“In collage, everything is flat, and everything is cut-up-able; there’s an equanimity of material. A fancy quaff taken out of Vogue is the same as a creepy mummy face from National Geographic.”