Charles Tucker is an artist and researcher actively working toward an aesthetic research methodology, a goal that he has sought and investigated since the mid-1990s. Furthering this end, he and noted critic and theorist, Saul Ostrow, are currently developing a rhetorical model for aesthetic investigation and cultural production. To date the work has been responsible for several collaborative productions most notably the Rhetorical Object and the chief analysis tool, the Aesthetic Compass.
Much of my work is focused on the structural conditions associated with the component parts of the constructions I present. Significant to this process is an aesthetic mapping of the ultrathin boundaries that obscure and separate the relationships between our constructed human world and the real space that we inhabit. A constructed space is predicated on an understanding that often presents itself in terms of pattern, repetition and stylistic packaging and which is presented in simple dimensional space as a comparative model to the multidimensional reality of our world. This revelation makes clear a necessary struggle to reconcile our constructed understandings with reality. This struggle is, I believe, an aesthetic struggle. This struggle is rarely recognized because our attraction to style obscures the underlying "true" conditions. Structural relationships often require more investigation and when these investigations are successful, reveal analogous relationships whose synergies are not readily apparent. It is this elusive relationship that my work probes and it is art's ability to examine the poetic implications of non-linear space that I find most intriguing.