Charlie Best is an artist and seamstrix living and working in what is currently known as Buffalo, NY, residing on Hodenosaunee land. Picking and choosing between fiber and textiles, video, collage, performance, and sculpture, Charlie’s work interrupts transmissions of the gender binary, lack of imagination, capitalism, and other ills lurking in common cultural forms. Richard Scarry illustrations, men’s shirts, catholic mass, and network television are just some of what awaits the cut of the scissors, analog or digital.
Charlie is committed to the joys, lessons, fears, and aesthetics of nonbinary imagination practices, and believes understanding the connections between transgender and queer politics and visual culture is crucial for world building and storytelling.
They received a B.F.A. in Sculpture and Expanded Media from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design (2018), and were the recipient of a fellowship to the Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France in the same year. Charlie has exhibited locally in the Western New York region and nationally, most recently at Sugar City (Buffalo, NY) with “Something from the Basement”. The current interests of their practice include the application of queer thought and children’s stories to garment and accessory design, and the history of VHS. Their most current work, “We Interrupt This Program” is being produced on commission from Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Arts Center.
Charlie and collaborator Jaz Palermo are in pre production for their first film, titled “st. tilapia’s school for gayward girls”, which they both hope gets banned somewhere.