Charlie Godet Thomas

Charlie Godet Thomas, To the Core, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of White Crypt.

Charlie Godet Thomas, And So On And So On, 2018. Installation view. Poppositions 2018. Photographer: Jeroen Verrecht.

Charlie Godet Thomas, WHAT IS IT, THIS TIME?, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of Lily Brooke.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study, 2017. Installation view. SCULPTURE AT, Bermondsey Square. Photographer: Jonathan Basset.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study, 2017. Installation view. SCULPTURE AT, Bermondsey Square. Photographer: Jonathan Basset.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Internal Rhyme, 2017. Installation view. Ladrón Galería, Mexico City, MX.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Internal Rhyme, 2017. Installation view. Ladrón Galería, Mexico City, MX.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Strandline, 2016. Installation view. Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Strandline, 2016. Installation view. Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Thicket No. 3, 2016. Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Enjoy the Trade Winds, 2016. Courtesy of Averard Hotel, London, UK.

Charlie Godet Thomas, To be is to do, To do is to be, Do be do be do, 2015. Installation view. Courtesy of Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, SCT.

Charlie Godet Thomas, To be is to do, To do is to be, Do be do be do, 2015. Installation view. Courtesy of Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, SCT.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Torschlusspanik, 2015. Installation View. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Up Down / High Low / Peak Trough (Detail). Wood, screws, paint, string and 'All Dolled Up With Nowhere To Go', 2015. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, A Method for Writing / A Method for Making, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art.

Charlie Godet Thomas, A Method for Writing / A Method for Making, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art.

Charlie Godet Thomas, A Method for Writing / A Method for Making, 2014. Installation view. Courtesy of BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art.

Charlie Godet Thomas, In Comes the Good Air, Out Goes the Bad Air, In Comes the Good Air, 2015. Installation view. Photographer: Harry Meadley. Courtesy of Cactus Gallery.

Charlie Godet Thomas, In Comes the Good Air, Out Goes the Bad Air, In Comes the Good Air, 2015. Installation view. Photographer: Harry Meadley. Courtesy of Cactus Gallery.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Old Older Cold Colder, 2019. Paint on Fabriano paper, map pins, corrugated bitumin, tape, fluorescent light fittings, fluorescent bulbs, cable flex, lighting gel and mains plugs. 340 x 220 x 5 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Lorem Ipsum, 2019. Paint on Fabriano paper, map pins, corrugated bitumin, disposable cup, plaster, corrugated plastic, birch ply, fluorescent light fittings, fluorescent bulbs, cable flex, lighting gel and mains plugs. 340 x 220 x 5 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Cash or Go, 2019. Paint on Fabriano paper, map pins, corrugated bitumin, tape, fluorescent light fittings, fluorescent bulbs, cable flex, lighting gel and mains plugs. 170 x 220 x 5 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Fool’s Gold, 2019. Neon, cable, transformer, mains plug. 50 x 90 x 4 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Fool’s Gold, 2019. Neon, cable, transformer, mains plug. 50 x 90 x 4 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Didi and Gogo, 2019. Motor, steel cable, cast concrete, threaded steel rods, nuts, washers, wood, paint, paper and ink.

Charlie Godet Thomas, No Sign of Leaving, 2019. Wood, cast rubber, acrylic, ink, paper. 35 x 30 x 3 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, The Death of Li Bai, 2018. Tinted acrylic, glue, Bienfang tracing paper, foam core, photocopy, acrylic paint, card fragments, aerosol paint, Birch ply and Gicleé print on Hahnemüle Bamboo. 23 x 23.5 x 10. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, The Death of Li Bai, 2018. Tinted acrylic, glue, Bienfang tracing paper, foam core, photocopy, acrylic paint, card fragments, aerosol paint, Birch ply and Gicleé print on Hahnemüle Bamboo. 23 x 23.5 x 10. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, And So On And So On, 2018. Oasis ® floral foam cast in pigmented concrete. 207 cm. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Songs of Experience, 2018. Paper, double sided acid free tape, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, acrylic and birch plywood. 244 x 160 x 12 cm. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Songs of Experience, 2018. Paper, double sided acid free tape, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, acrylic and birch plywood. 244 x 160 x 12 cm. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Songs of Experience, 2018. Paper, double sided acid free tape, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, acrylic and birch plywood. 244 x 160 x 12 cm. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Illuminated Manuscript (Kodokushi), 2018. Acrylic on arches watercolour paper, pins, wood, acylic box frame. 36 x 26 x 11.7. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Songs of Innocence, 2018. Paper, double sided acid free tape, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, acrylic and birch plywood. 80.5 x 11 x 35. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Songs of Innocence, 2018. Paper, double sided acid free tape, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper, acrylic and birch plywood. 80.5 x 11 x 35. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, The Clock at The Sailor's Arms, 2018. Electric motor, bookbinding tape, Paper, card, paint, glue, screws. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Marginalia (Artificial Bones), 2018. Wood, acrylic paint, arches watercolour paper , aerosol paint, card and paper offcuts.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Marginalia No.2, 2018. Wood, paint, Arches watercolour paper, offcuts, cast rubber. 26.5 x 31.5 x 1.8 cm. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Marginalia No.1, 2018. Wood, paint, Arches watercolour paper, paper offcuts, cast rubber. 26.5 x 31.5 x 1.8 cm. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Illuminated Manuscript (Helios), 2018. Acrylic on arches watercolour paper, pins, wood, acylic box frame. 36 x 54 x 11.7 cm. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Illuminated Manuscript (Tempest), 2018. Acrylic on arches watercolour paper, pins, wood, acylic box frame. 26 x 36 x 11.7 cm. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Illuminated Manuscripts (4.10.2017), 2017. Acrylic on paper in acrylic box frame. 25 x 32.5 x 6 cm. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Illuminated Manuscript (Elegy for Joyce Vincent), 2018. Acrylic on arches watercolour paper, pins, wood, acylic box frame. 29 x 36 x 11.7 cm. Unique.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Epicede, 2017. Digital print on Hahnemühle German Etching. 60 x 40 cm (unframed).

Charlie Godet Thomas, This Unremarkable Novel (Toilet Snorkel), 2017. Timber, bricks, lino print on card, acrylic paint and plastic bag. 300 x 40 x 30 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, This Unremarkable Novel (Downward spiral), 2017. Lino print on card, acrylic paint and plastic bag. 300 x 40 x 30 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Studies, 2017, (Detail). Emulsion on wall. Dimensions variable. The Counting Game, 2017. Single channel video, 2.1 Sound, 00:03:36 (looped).

Charlie Godet Thomas, Life Study, 2017. Single channel video on iphone, 00:00:04 (loop). Edition of 3 (1 AP). Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Life Study, 2017. Single channel video on iphone, 00:00:04 (loop). Edition of 3 (1 AP). Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Life Study, 2017. Single channel video on iphone, 00:00:04 (loop). Edition of 3 (1 AP). Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Life Study, 2017. Single channel video on iphone, 00:00:04 (loop). Edition of 3 (1 AP). Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Lines Written for and by No. 4, 2017. Digital photographic prints on Hahnemühle photo rag. Frame. 92 x 64 x 3.5 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Lines Written for and by No. 4, 2017. Digital photographic prints on Hahnemühle photo rag. Frame. 92 x 64 x 3 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, A Sinatra Dinner Show, 2017. Installation. Video, 2.1 sound (00:02:02), collaged timber, speaker fabric. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, A Sinatra Dinner Show, 2017. Installation. Video, 2.1 sound (00:02:02), collaged timber, speaker fabric. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, FRIEND / END, 2017. Unique. Cast concrete. Dimensions variable. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, OH / MOTHER, 2017. Cast concrete. Dimensions variable. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Speak not Loud or Long, 2017. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint (white), wood and hanging bracket. 28 x 32 x 1 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Virtues in Disarray, 2013-2017. Nine lemons, cast rubber, pigment and lemon oil. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Overleaf, 2017. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint (white), wood and hanging bracket. 31 x 26 x 1 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, A Sudden Frost Disturbed 2017. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint (white), wood and hanging bracket. 27 x 32 x 1 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Endpaper (Delete and Close Up), 2016. Cast rubber, wood and pigment. 28 x 33 x 2 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Endpaper (Open-Form), 2016. Cast rubber, pigment, paint, wood. 32 x 26 x 2 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Endpaper (Ivy League Suicide), 2016. Cast rubber, pigment, paint, wood. 35 x 25 x 15 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Your Shadow at Evening Rising to Meet you, 2017. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint (peach), wood and hanging bracket. 26 x 31 x 1 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Endpaper (Vers Libre), 2015. Cast rubber, pigment, wood, glue. 33 x 25 x 15 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Thicket No. 2, 2016. Wooden dowel, adhesive, digital print depicting non-native Palm Trees (Arecaceae) that have been introduced to Aruba. 240 x 1 x 1 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Thicket No. 2, 2016. Wooden dowel, adhesive, digital print depicting non-native Palm Trees (Arecaceae) that have been introduced to Aruba. 240 x 1 x 1 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, The Poem in the Field (Tip-in), 2016. Cast rubber, wood, paint, digital photographic print, book cloth, ribbon. 260 x 225 x 5 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, The Poem in the Field, 2016. Wood, paint, screws, cast rubber, digital photographic print and elastic. 89 x 258 x 13 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, The Poem in the Field, 2016. Wood, paint, screws, cast rubber, digital photographic print and elastic. 89 x 258 x 13 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, The Poem in the Field (Tip-in), 2016. Cast rubber, wood, paint, digital photographic print, book cloth, ribbon. 260 x 225 x 5 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Lines Written for and by No.2, 2016. Digital photographic prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Thicket No. 3, 2016. Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

Charlie Godet Thomas, It Stutters in its Little Lines (Façade), 2016. Digital print, wood, paint, window brackets. 250 x 200 x 10 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, All Doled up with Nowhere to Go, 2015. Cast rubber, metal, plastic, string. 19 x 46 x 3 cm. Edition 5 of 5 (1 AP). Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

 

Charlie Godet Thomas
Enjoy the Trade Winds from the Comfort of an Air-conditioned Bus (Thicket)
2016
Timber, Speakers, Printed fabric, paper, glue, steel and looped 2.1 sound

 

 

Charlie Godet Thomas
I’m hydra-floating, I’m hydra-floating, I’m going, I’m going, I’m gone
2016
Edition of 3 (+1 AP)
Single channel video, 2.1 Stereo sound, 00:02:19.

Charlie Godet Thomas is a British-Bermudian artist whose work employs a wide range of approaches including writing, painting, sculpture, assemblage, photography, sound and video. His work is concerned with the connections between visual art and literature, the act of writing, the autobiographical, the tragic and the humorous. His work is summoned from unlikely places such
as bookbinding processes, street signage, funereal foam lettering and pharmaceutical packaging.

Thomas’s painted poetic works, which he refers to as Illuminated Manuscripts, bridge the stylistic qualities of newspaper cartoon strips merging them with a more Blakean approach to pairing writing and imagery. His approach combines historical and contemporary methodologies to form his own material counterpoint in which to interrogate the mediums he uses.

In his audio-visual works, Thomas sources and re-presents found texts, projecting the words into a space of contemplation and stillness for the listener away from the context in which they were originally written. In a deadpan voice, Thomas speaks the words in a continual loop, pointing us towards the inconsistencies and problems of language.

Charlie Godet Thomas (b.1985, London. British/Bermudian) currently lives and works in London. Having studied a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) at Manchester School of Art in 2009, he graduated with an MA in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the Royal College of Art, London in 2014 where he was awarded the Bermuda Arts Council Scholarship and the Peter Leitner Scholarship.

Thomas’ first major solo exhibition was ‘A Method for Writing/A Method for Making’, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK (2014); further solo exhibitions include: ‘WHAT IS IT, THIS TIME?’ Lily Brooke, London (2018); ‘Belly Up’ (duo with Bryn Lloyd-Evans), Lacuna, London (2018); ‘Roman-fleuve’, VITRINE, Basel (2017); ‘Internal Rhyme’, Lardrón Galería, Mexico City (2017); ‘Bildungsroman’, Carillon Gallery, Forth Worth, Texas (2017); ‘Strandline’, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds (2016); ‘Torschlusspanik’, VITRINE, London (2015); ‘To Be Is To Do, To Do Is To Be, Do Be Do Be Do’, Telfer Gallery, Glasgow (2015); and ‘In Comes the Good Air, Out Goes the Bad Air, In Comes the Good Air’, Cactus, Liverpool (2015).

Thomas’  was in residence at Caribbean Linked IV at Ateliers ’89 in Oranjestad, Aruba (2016); at Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, Texas, US (2017); and at Atelier Mondial, Basel, CH (2017). He was commissioned for SCULPTURE AT Bermondsey Square, London in 2017. His work was presented by VITRINE at The Manchester Contemporary 2015 (with Tim Etchells) and 2017, and a solo booth, Poppostions, Brussels (2018). He was commissioned for SCULPTURE AT Bermondsey Square, London in 2017.

He has been exhibited Internationally, recent group exhibitions include: ‘Mission to Touch the Sun: Sun Burnt’, Paradise Works, Manchester (February 2019); ‘To the Core’, White Crypt, London (2018), ‘Mission to Touch the Sun: Part 1’, Enclave Lab, London (2018); ‘Identify your limitations, acknowledge your periphery’, VITRINE, Basel (2017); ‘…in Dark Times’, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2017); Bermuda Biennial, The Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda (2012, 2014 and 2016); ‘Incunabula’, Norwich Cathedral Library (2015); RCA/ ECA Edinburgh Sculpture Court, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015); ‘An evanescent fix’, VITRINE, London (2015); ‘Escape to a Sparkling Moment’, Bloc Projects, Sheffield UK (2015); ‘Bending Light’, Home-Platform, Bristol, UK (2014); ‘END’, Cactus, Liverpool, UK (2014); Royal College of Art WIP Show, RCA, London, UK (2013) and Brussels, Belgium (2012).

He has been included in issue 6 of Isthisit’s publication which launched at SPACE, UK (January 2019) as well as being included in the accompanying group exhibition ‘ Trust Is The Ultimate Currency’, Harlesden High Street, London (February 2019). Thomas also has an upcoming solo show ‘DIM LIT’ at Assembly Point, London (March 2019).