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