Preview: Friday 22 September 2017 6-9pm
‘Roman-fleuve’ is Charlie Godet Thomas’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland and his second with the gallery, with new works exploring visual poetry and the connections between the autobiographical, the tragic and the humorous.
In this new body of work, produced in part in-situ in Basel, Thomas continues his focus on the poetic, drawing influence from the constrained writing techniques of the Ouvroir de Literature Potentielle and the written works of Édouard Levé.
Keenly aware of the crossover between artists and writers, the notion of flow and punctuation is central to Thomas’ approach to installing an exhibition. His focus is on creating an overall rhythm through the space as a means by which to bring together individual elements, this is achieved through the use of built structures. Painted black against the white walls of the gallery, these structures echo the importance given to positive and negative space in poetic writing.
Throughout Thomas’ practice, text is also used more overtly; projected on phone screens, on monitors or painted directly onto the gallery walls themselves. For Roman-fleuve, Thomas experiments with these and new processes, including block printing, as a means by which his text works can occupy a more sculptural territory.
In audio and video works, Thomas sources and re-presents found texts summoned from unlikely places, 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.
In addition to the works positioned within the gallery, Thomas will extend his exhibition beyond those boundaries into the surrounding city, with a new series titled ‘Short Poems’. These paper works originate and are exhibited in the streets of the city. Hung on lampposts or pinned to noticeboards, they expand the exhibition out into the public sphere.
Charlie Godet Thomas (b.1985, London UK) lives and works between London and Mexico. 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.
Recent solo exhibitions include: ‘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). Group exhibitions include: ‘…in Dark Times’, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2017); Bermuda Biennial, The Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda (2012, 2014 and 2016); ‘Incunabula’, Norwich Catherdral Library (2015); RCA/ECA Edinburgh Sculpture Court, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015); ‘An evenescent fix’, VITRINE (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 was included in DAZED’s ‘Artists we’re watching out for in 2015’ list.
He was in residence in Fort Worth, Texas in April 2017 and at Caribbean Linked IV at Ateliers ’89 in Oranjestad, Aruba, in August 2016 and VITRINE presented his work at The Manchester Contemporary 2015.