I think I'm ok to announce... by Charles Wiese

I was selected as one of the artists to create commissioned work for the new United terminal at Houston Intercontinental Airport. These two artworks now make for a total of three in the city’s collection. I am very happy to be included as a part of our city’s welcome to the inbound traveller. They are expected to be completed and installed sometime in the early Fall of 2019.

Here is what they look like.


A bit of Good News... by Charles Wiese

I have been selected as one of the finalists to create art for (… I need to keep it secret until formally announced…).

By way of celebration, I will share something new. Click on the image for details.

I’ll be back soon with more news and views.

A Brief Update... by Charles Wiese

We are in the final throes of repairing our home and moving into it. Meanwhile, here are a couple of details from works-in-progress. These present an area about 4” across…

Much more to come soon…

I think it was 1987... by Charles Wiese

I had a little over a week off of work. I left my home in Ogden, Utah for an extended exploration of the landscape around Moab. Just before I arrived, a blizzard had blown through the area and all was blanketed in drifting, powdery snow (up to 3’ or 4’ in places). There was about 6” of snow on vertical cliff faces (it really blew through).

These detail views from a recent work in progress bring that holiday back to me. I was the only one in a very snowy Arches National Park - hiking waist-deep in powder through Fin Canyon.

I saw things like this there and at nearby Fisher Towers…

I might as well confess, I also spend a lot of time looking at maps.

Details, details... by Charles Wiese

I’ve been thinking about what goes on with me when I make art that may not be apparent to those who view a finished piece. The computer is one of my primary tools, and when working in some software, I am constantly zooming in to view the details of an image. Like a microscope, I can explore the structure and beauty of the minute details.

Here are closeup views from two different images I’ve been working on… they are part of a series exploring a landscape that I build and erode, extracting various types of data from the 3D landforms to make my 2D imagery.

I have spent many years exploring the flowscapes of the Colorado Plateau and fell in love with both the large scale structures as well as the small details erosive processes carve into the land. Further, the dendritic structures look like so many trees pressed into the land.


After I posted the above, I realized that some photographs of erosion might be worth including.

Here are a few examples (for illustrative purposes only)… imagine looking down on these landscapes.

I’ll come across some more examples. For now, these grabs from a trip to Death Valley serve the purpose. I am intrigued by the repeated erosion forms - they repeat themselves at different scales (sizes). It is an example of natural processes generating fractal patterns. I like this.