Charles Avery

Charles Avery

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Untitled (Couple kissing on Dha), 2020
Archival pigment print on Canson, Infinity Platine, Fibre Rag 310g paper 
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 centimeters)
Edition of 10

© Charles Avery, 2020.

Charles Avery (b. 1973, Oban, UK) lives and works in London and Mull. Since 2005 Avery has dedicated his practice to the description of a fictional island which he continually elaborates, describing its population, customs and philosophies, nature and architecture, expressed in the form of large-scale drawings, sculptures, installations and texts. Known only as ‘The Island’, Avery’s wave-lapped realm is not only a vividly realised fiction, teeming with sights both strange and strangely familiar, it also operates as a petri dish in which the artist tests ideas from the fields of epistemology, aesthetics, mathematics, economics, anthropology, architecture, and beyond.

Selected solo exhibitions include The Taile of The One-Armed Snake, GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) (2020); The Gates of Onomatopoeia, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh (2019); Study #15: Charles Avery, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2017); What’s the matter with Idealism?, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (2015). Selected group exhibitions include The Seventh Continent, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, 16th Istanbul Biennale (2019); NOW, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2019); Pluriverse, La Panacée, Montpellier (2017); GLASSTRESS, Palazzo Franchetti, 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Art Night, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2017). Avery represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007.