Darlene Charneco’s layered mixed media models and tactile maps explore ways of seeing our human settlements, communication networks and communities through a biological lens and as part of a larger organism’s growth stage. Clusters of houses sharing or sequestering resources and shorelines are pondered as sustainability experiments within imaginary laboratory or field observations. With playful shifts in scale perception, she strives to surprise and re-orient herself and the viewer into contemplation of the various interactions and types of symbiosis (parasitic, predatory or mutually beneficial) that we are continually co-evolving with other species and the living surface systems around and below us.
Darlene Charneco has exhibited throughout the US and globally at venues including the Parrish Art Museum, Katonah Museum, Hunterdon Museum, Islip Art Museum, PINTA London, and the Korean International Art Fair. She was featured in ‘Around the Way’, organized by El Museo del Barrio in NYC and in Locate/Navigate: Exercises in Mapping – a citywide exhibition presented by the Urban Culture Project Foundation. Her work is featured in the Princeton Architectural Press book ‘The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography’ by Katherine Harmon and ‘How Architecture Learned to Speculate’ by Mihall & Serbest through the University of Stuttgart.