Fire Station Artist in Residence

Chosen to participate in the Fire Station Artist in Residence program

Doha, Qatar // 2015-2016


On Big Drawings

Curated by Friedhard Kiekeben

Reception: Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 5pm-7pm

Through November 1, 2014

On Big Drawings brings together artists whose work celebrates the medium of drawing as a contemporary form of expression in relationship to its surroundings. Drawings are often thought of as intimate representative works that are preparation for a finished piece. On Big Drawings seeks to expand classic notions of drawing as mere visual representation into a nuanced discussion of how contemporary drawing can operate on a large scale in planar, constructed, and projected space. Each featured artist has made an outstanding contribution to an expanded notion of drawing, creating work that engenders a dialogue about drawing across media boundaries, while engaging with large-scale works created for specific spaces. Participating artists include Neville Gabie, Charles Mahaffee, Michael Paxton, Olivia Petrides, Deb Sokolow, Christine Wallers, and Matt Woodward. This project is partially funded by a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation

On Big Drawings

A+D Gallery, Chicago



Reception: Saturday, September 7, 2013, from 6pm-8pm.

Through September 29, 2013

Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Comfort Station

“Charles Mahaffee: SacredScared”, The Visualist


Group Exhibition at Hinge Gallery

Reception: Saturday, January 14, 2012, from 6pm-9pm

Through Saturday, February 24, 2012

Hinge Gallery, 1955 West Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Charles Mahaffee in Group Exhibition at Hinge Gallery”, The Visualist

“Group Exhibition @ Hinge Gallery”, Proximity Magazine



New work by Kristina Paabus and Charles Mahaffee

Reception March 9th, 2012, from 7pm-10pm

Through April 1, 2012

Eel Space, 1906 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608  


Charles Mahaffee featured by Hinge Gallery at 2012 MDW Fair

Charles Mahaffee’s work featured in two different reviews of the MDW Fair in Chicago, November 9-10, 2012

Untitled (Matter) featured in Chicago Magazine

Hinge Gallery booth highlighted in Art Fag City:”Hinge Gallery made one of the best uses of their shared room with a succinct exhibition of works on paper by Charles Mahaffee and Rusty Shackleford. A well-focused booth with its handful of large, unframed pieces, the pairing of Mahaffee’s harsh, gestural charcoal drawings and Shackleford’s organic, pastel forms was balanced and thoughtful.”

“Smallness and Sameness at Chicago’s MDW Fair”, Art Fag City


Force would vanish from the relations of men

Curated by Edward Salem

Kodra 11 Contemporary Art Festival, September 2011, Thessaloniki, Greece

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Review: Charles Mahaffee/Lloyd Dobler Gallery

RECOMMENDED Several weeks ago, at a mock funeral for the death of painting, Charles Mahaffee set up a few amplifiers and drowned the audience in a crushing drone. Had it been a real funeral, the monotone dirge would have been the perfect accompaniment to oblivion’s threshold. The drone makes another forceful appearance in Mahaffee’s solo exhibition, titled “Chorus.” A stacked-television totem sets the mood for the show and greets gallery visitors with open-mouth shouting. Here, the focus is on the artist’s mouth hole as it emits a single, sustained tone that is somewhere between a wail and a meditation, and ultimately uncomfortable to hear. The fleshy air of sound and words is further explored in several wall-sized charcoal drawings. These depict, again, the mouth holes, and repeated words (such as “damn” and “dumb”), in an obsessive, chalkboard style, like a self-punishment. The drawings, akin to the sound pieces, suggest an action without end, and drawn in thick black layers of charcoal, they are stark, serious, and overpowering. The sum pieces in “Chorus” work over viewers in the same way that sacred silence does, opening a portal to a void. Ultimately, Mahaffee’s drone silences the chaos of the mind by obliterating it. Get out of your body and bathe in the unrest, the works seem to say; release your self. (Jason Foumberg)

Chorus runs through June 24 at Lloyd Dobler Gallery, 1545 West Division, second floor.

“Review: Charles Mahaffee/Lloyd Dobler Gallery”, Newcity Art, 2011


Chorus: new works by Charles Mahaffee

Reception: Friday, May 13, 2011 from 6pm-10pm Through June 24, 2011 Lloyd Dobler Gallery, 1545 W. Division, Second floor, Chicago, IL 60642

Exhibition details, ArtSlant 

Lloyd Dobler Gallery

Open Saturday 12-5pm or by appointment.

[Press Release]


Painting is Dead, Again

Group exhibition hosted by the Alliance of Pentaphilic Curators

Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 3pm-7pm

The Charnel House, 3421 West Fullerton Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

This project is partially funded by a grant from the Propeller Fund


Charles Mahaffee featured by Lloyd Dobler Gallery at 2011 MDW Fair  

April 24-25, 2011

The Geolofts 3636 S. Iron Street Chicago, IL 60609 _______________________________________________________


“Artist Charles Mahaffee interviewed by Noé Cuéllar and Adam Rose,” The Interrogator Volume 1, February 2011.


+-+- Two person exhibition with Winslow Smith

Opening Saturday, October 30th, 2011 from 6pm – 7:30pm

Through November 1, 2011

Zrobili Gallery 2649 1/2 N Spaulding Ave, no. 2N, Chicago, IL 60647 ______________________________________________________

communist boys / fascist girls

Performances: September 3-4, 2010

High Concept Laboratories, 1400 West Wabansia Ave., Chicago, IL 60642

Performed by Andrew Braddock and Adam Rose

Music/Sound by Charles Mahaffee and Natalie Murillo

Documented at Antibody Corporation website



Drawings, sound, and other works by Charles Mahaffee

Curated by Barbara Goebels-Cattaneo

Reception: Friday, June 4, 2010 from 5pm-6pm

Through June 26, 2010. Performance and artist talk: June 7, 2010

Gallery UNO, Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 541, Chicago, IL 60605

Open Fri-Sat, 4:30pm-7:30pm or by appointment.

Catalogue essay


God God God

Curated by Edmund Chia

Opening Friday April 9, 2010 from 6pm-8:30pm

PEREGRINEPROGRAM, 500 W Cermak Rd #727, Chicago, IL 60616

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Fest Fest at Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago

Saturday September 26, 2009 at 7:30pm

Performing Repetition is Compelling (For Michael Collins)

Sunday, September 27, 2009 at 9:00pm as MARTHA

Marcus Brutus Theater, JULIUS CÆSAR, 3311 W. Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60624


Review: Charles Mahaffee/Julius Caesar Gallery

RECOMMENDED The utterance takes the forefront in the sounds and images of Charles Mahaffee. His exhibition at the artist-run space Julius Caesar speaks volumes in just three small pieces that compete for attention but nonetheless sound in unison. Among all the witticisms, I noticed a tinge of cynicism if not desperation in phrases such as, “I get a kick out of being depressed” and “I destroy everything that I love and will systematically destroy everything in my path,” from the video “Seven Sentences Starting with I.” Here the emphasis on first-person subjective complements the image of the lips that struggle to speak these words while spitting out a mouthful of screws. When considered with another piece in the exhibition—a spinning crotch in the video “Ridiculous”—there is something deeply psychological at work, not unlike a disturbing dream that fails to reveal its troubled meaning. I find no flaw in the familiarity of Mahaffee’s scenarios due equally to the world of disturbed imagery and to the inner workings of the human mind. Most redeeming is the balance found in a piece such as “Pet Idiot” that asks for little interpretation and seems to just rejoice in the sounds the body makes outside of their concrete meaning. To quote Mahaffee’s work, “Arguments are ridiculous and it is ridiculous of me to argue that arguments are ridiculous.” Somehow this strikes me again as a dead-end line of reasoning, but Mahaffee never gives up. (Tim Ridlen)

Charles Mahaffee’s Ridiculous shows at Julius Caesar, 3144 West Carroll Avenue, 2G, through December 28.

Review: “Charles Mahaffee/Julius Caesar Gallery”, Newcity Art, 2008



Opening: Sunday, December 7, 2008, 4pm-7pm

Through December 28, 2008

JULIUS CÆSAR GALLERY, 3311 W. Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

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