Charlie Godet Thomas

Charlie Godet Thomas 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; be it street signage, American drain cleaning products, documentaries about motorcycle stuntmen, or an extensive archive of personal photographs.

Trauma and photography have some similarities that intrigue Thomas, namely that a traumatic experience can render a moment continually present in a person’s life, whilst photography has the same ability to hold a moment still, ever recurring by proxy of the image. His manipulation of his source material towards total abstraction comes from his desire for the images to be something else, the works become, as Thomas says, “Liberated from the brutality of their content.”

A recurring motif in Thomas’ work is an insinuation of weight and movement, which he achieves through playing off of one material against the other. Cast rubber is used to hold images or leave them slumped corporeally on the floor, rubber walking sticks hang forlornly through the space or thin wooden dowels are held in tension seemingly ready to snap at any given moment.

Thomas is keenly aware of the crossover between artists and writers, images and words. Titles and phrasings are essential in his practice, some are jokes and witticisms, whilst others point us towards artworks, books or poems, which may give us a way into his heavily coded practice.

In recent audio and video 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, UK) is a British/Bermudian artist who currently lives and works between London and Mexico City. 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, and was included in DAZED’s ‘Artists we’re watching out for in 2015’ list.

He 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).

Solo exhibitions include: ‘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) ‘In Comes the Good Air, Out Goes the Bad Air, In Comes the Good Air’, Cactus, Liverpool (2015); and ‘A Method for Writing/A Method for Making’, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK (2014).

He has been exhibited Internationally, recent group exhibitions include: ‘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).

Thomas’ work was presented by VITRINE at The Manchester Contemporary 2015 (with Tim Etchells).

Thomas’s current exhibition ‘Roman-fleuve’ at VITRINE, Basel, is his first in Switzerland; and he has his first public sculpture commission for SCULPTURE AT Bermondsey Square, London (October 2017 – March 2018).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charlie Godet Thomas, Thicket No. 3, 2016. Wooden dowel, glue, digital print on paper. 241 x 12 x 1 cm. Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Enjoy the Trade Winds, 2016. Timber, speakers, printed fabric, paper, glue, steel and looped 2.1 sound. 300 x 50 x 50 cm. Courtesy of Averard Hotel, London.

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, Scotland.

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, Scotland.

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, Scotland.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Torschlusspanik, 2015. Installation View. 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. Edition 1 -5 (+1Ap). 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.

An evanescent fix (group exhibition), 2015. Installation view. VITRINE, Bermondsey Street.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Evil Knievel Died of Natural Causes, 2013. Installation view. Cast rubber, pigment, lemon oil and found plastic bag on wooden bench. 40 x 30 x 15 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, A Heaping of Negatives (A Poem for Gottfried Benn in Three Stanyas), 2013-2014. Installation view.

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

Charlie Godet Thomas, FRIEND / END, 2017. Unique. Cast concrete. Dimensions variable. 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, Lines Written for and by No. 3, 2017. Edition of 3 (1 AP) Digital photographic prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Frame. 92 x 64 x 3.5 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Lines Written for and by No. 4, 2017. Edition of 3 (1 AP) Digital photographic prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. Frame. 92 x 64 x 3.5 cm. 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 1.6 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

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

Charlie Godet Thomas, OH / MOTHER, 2017. Cast concrete. Dimensions variable. 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, A Sudden Frost Disturbed, 2017. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint (white), wood and hanging bracket. 27.2 x 32 x 1.7 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Your Shadow at Morning Striding Behind you, 2017. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint (yellow), wood and hanging bracket. 26.7 x 31.4 x 1.7 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

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. 26.5 x 31.5 x 1.7 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Overleaf, 2017. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint (white), wood and hanging bracket. 31.5 x 26.5 x 1.7 cm. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Life Study, 2017. Single channel video on iphone. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Life Study, 2017. Single channel video on iphone. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Life Study, 2017. Single channel video on iphone. Photographer: Nici Jost.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Life Study, 2017. Single channel video on iphone. Photographer: Nici Jost.

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 (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 (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 (Tip-in), 2016. Cast rubber, wood, paint, digital photographic print, book cloth, ribbon. 260 x 225 x 5 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Endpaper (Delete and Close Up), 2016. Cast rubber, wood and pigment. 28 x 33 x 2 cm. Unique. Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

Charlie Godet Thomas, (left) Endpaper (Euphoric Grimace), 2016. Cast rubber, pigment, paint, wood 26.5 x 32 x 1.8 cm. Unique. (right) Endpaper (Ivy League Suicide), 2016. Cast rubber, pigment, paint, wood. 35 x 25 x 1.5 cm. Unique. Photographer Daniel Spehr. Courtesy Atelier Mondial.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Lines Written for and by No.1, 2016. Digital photographic prints on Hahnemühle Photo Rag. 92 x 64 x 3.5 cm. Edition of 3 (1 AP). Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

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, The Poem in the Field, 2016. Wood, paint, screws, cast rubber, digital photographic print and elastic. 89 x 258 x 13 cm. Unique. Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

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. Unique. Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

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. Unique. Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Thicket No. 3, 2016. Wooden dowel, glue, digital print on paper. 241 x 12 x 1 cm. Courtesy of Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.

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, Enjoy the Trade Winds, 2016. Timber, speakers, printed fabric, paper, glue, steel and looped 2.1 sound. 300 x 50 x 50 cm. Courtesy of Averard Hotel, London.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Enjoy the Trade Winds, 2016. Timber, speakers, printed fabric, paper, glue, steel and looped 2.1 sound. 300 x 50 x 50 cm. Courtesy of Averard Hotel, London.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Enjoy the Trade Winds, 2016. Timber, speakers, printed fabric, paper, glue, steel and looped 2.1 sound. 300 x 50 x 50 cm. Courtesy of Averard Hotel, London.

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

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, Blue Monday (Two Verses), 2015. Digital print, pigment, cast rubber, wood, glue, "Drano" drain cleaner. 22 x 27 x 1.8 cm and 21.5 x 28 x 1 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Basssett.

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, Endpaper (Open-Form), 2016. Cast rubber, pigment, paint, wood32.6 x 26.7 x 2.1 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, A Carcass No. 2, 2015. 113.5 x 187 x 4 cm. Photographer: Harry Meadley.

Charlie Godet Thomas, An Arm Writing to a Leg (Boyfriend Pillow No.1), 2015. Printed cotton, thread, zip, polystyrene beads. 120 x 25 x 30 cm. Courtesy of Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland.

Charlie Godet Thomas, All Doled up with Nowhere to Go, 2015. Cast rubber, metal, plastic, string. 19 x 46 x 3 cm. Edition 2 of 5 (+1Ap). Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

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 (+1Ap). Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

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

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

Charlie Godet Thomas, All Doled up with Nowhere to Go, 2015. Cast rubber, metal, plastic, string 19 x 46 x 3 cm. Edition 4 of 5 (+1Ap). Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, In Comes the Good Air, Out Goes the Bad Air, In Comes the Good Air (Jump from the South Portico), 2014. Wood, paint, pure pigment, cotton, varnish, evaporated water. 94 x 134 x 4.5 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Scansion (A Carcass), 2015. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, paint, mdf and hanging bracket. 31.6 x 26.8 x 1.5 cm. Photogarphre: Harry Meadley.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Blue Monday (Two Verses), 2015. Digital print, pigment, cast rubber, wood, glue, "Drano" drain cleaner. 22 x 27 x 1.8 cm and 21.5 x 28 x 1 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Basssett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Icon (Jump from the South Portico), 2014. Cast rubber, photographic print, paint, wood. 21.3 x 16 x 1.2 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Felon of Himself (Jump from the South Portico) No.1, 2015. 24 x 30 x 1.2 cm. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, A Heaping of Negatives No.1 (A Poem for Gottfried Benn in Three Stanzas), 2014. Cast rubber, photographic print, paint, wood. 32.6 x 27. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Sateen Dura-Luxe No.2, 2014. Cast rubber, digital print, paint, wood. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Downward Spiral (Jump From the South Portico), 2015. Cast rubber, perimeter from a cropped photographic print, pure pigment, evaporated water, paint, mdf, hanging bracket, 30 x 24 x 1.5 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Their Tongues Are Probably All Over Each Others Capped and Rotting Teeth, 2015. Cast rubber, digital print,pigment, evaporated water, paint, mdf. 30 x 23 x 1.5 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Questions, Statements, Proposals, 2015. Stereo sound, speakers, speaker brackets, printed fabric, wood and paint.

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

Charlie Godet Thomas, Questions, Statements, Proposals, 2015. Single channel video, 2' 10", (looped), re-upholstered speakers,sound, dimensions variable. Photographer: Harry Meadley. Courtesy of Cactus Gallery.

Charlie Godet Thomas, This Unremarkable Novel (Chicken Boxes), 2015. Folded, cut and glued prints on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, dimensions variable.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Shit Brickhouse No.1, 2015. Plasticised digital print, glass, wood, hanging brackets. 27 x 36 x 2 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Shit Brickhouse No.2, 2015. Plasticised digital print, glass, wood, hanging brackets. 27 x 36 x 2 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Shit Brickhouse No.3, 2015, Plasticised digital print, glass, wood, hanging brackets, 27 x 36 x 2 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Poem for Joe (Deep Gloom on the Horizon), 2015. 21.5 x 25.5 cm.

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, Watch me eat without appetite à la carte, 2013, Copy of The Financial Times painted from memory, paint and newsprint on bench.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Sateen Dura-Luxe (Like a Moosehead Bought at a Country Auction No.1), 2014, Cast rubber, photographic print, paint, wood. 23 x 28 x 1.5 cm.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Left Obscure, 2013. Cast rubber, digital print, found object, paint, door wedge.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Evil Knievel Died of Natural Causes, 2013. Cast rubber, pigment, lemon oil and found plastic bag. 40 x 30 x 15 cm. Unique. Photographer Daniel Spehr.

Charlie Godet Thomas, This Unremarkable Novel (Downward Spiral), 2017, (Detail). Lino print on card, acrylic paint and plastic bag. 30 x 19 x 15 cm

Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Studies, 2017, (Detail). Emulsion on wall. Dimensions variable.

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

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

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

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

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
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.