Charlie Godet Thomas

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.

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A, letter, Installation view, 2021. VITRINE at Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE. Photographer: GRAYSC.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, A Circus of the Soul, 2021. Installation view. Vernacular Institute, Mexico City, MX. Photographer: Sergio López.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, How to make a painting behave like a landscape, 2020. Installation view. Museo Jumex, Mexico City, MX.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, How to make a painting behave like a landscape, 2020. Installation view. Museo Jumex, Mexico City, MX.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, The Contents of a Long Unconsulted Pocket, 2020. Installation view. Material Vol.7, Mexico City, MX. Photographer: Sergio López.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, NON-STOP-SUPER-DE-LUX, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathon Bassett.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, NON-STOP-SUPER-DE-LUX, 2019. Installation view. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathon Bassett.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study (Partner Dance), 2019. Installation view. Frieze Sculpture 2019. Photographer: Steven White.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study (Partner Dance), 2019. Installation view. Frieze Sculpture 2019. Photographer: Steven White.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, DIM LIT, 2019. Installation view. Assembly Point, London, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, DIM LIT, 2019. Installation view. Assembly Point, London, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, To the Core, 2018. Installation view. White Crypt, London, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, And So On And So On, 2018. Installation view. POPPOSITIONS 2018. Photographer: Jeroen Verrecht.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, WHAT IS IT, THIS TIME?, 2018. Installation view. Lily Brooke, London, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study, 2017. Installation view. SCULPTURE AT, Bermondsey Square. Photographer: Jonathan Basset.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study, 2017. Installation view. SCULPTURE AT, Bermondsey Square. Photographer: Jonathan Basset.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Roman-fleuve, 2017. Installation view. VITRINE, Basel. Photographer: Nici Jost.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Thicket No. 3, 2016. Installation view. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, To be is to do, To do is to be, Do be do be do, 2015. Installation view. Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Torschlusspanik, 2015. Installation View. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, Torschlusspanik, 2015. Installation View. VITRINE, London. Photographer: Jonathan Bassett.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, A Method for Writing / A Method for Making, 2014. Installation view. BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas, A Method for Writing / A Method for Making, 2014. Installation view. BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK.
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Charlie Godet Thomas' work is summoned from unlikely places such as bookbinding processes, street signage, funereal foam lettering and pharmaceutical packaging. His 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.

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

Thomas has been exhibited internationally at galleries, institutions, biennials and fairs, including: Museo Jumex, Mexico City, MX; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Somerset House, London, UK; 14th Bermuda Biennial, The Bermuda National Gallery, BM; Ladrón galería, Mexico City, MX; Carillon Gallery, Texas, US; VITRINE Basel, CH and London, UK; Assembly Point, London, UK; Nicoletti Contemporary, London, UK; Paradise Works, Manchester, UK; Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK; Cactus, Liverpool, UK; Home-Platform, Bristol, UK; Telfer Gallery, Glasgow, UK; RCA/ ECA Edinburgh Sculpture Court, Edinburgh, UK; Vernacular Institute, Mexico City, MX; Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE; Standpoint Gallery, London, UK; Material Vol.7, Mexico City, MX; Frieze Sculpture 2019, London, UK; POPPOSITIONS, Brussels, BE; The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, UK.

Residencies include: Caribbean Linked IV at Ateliers ’89 in Oranjestad, Aruba (2016); Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, Texas, US (2017); and Atelier Mondial, Basel, CH (2017). He was commissioned for SCULPTURE AT Bermondsey Square, London in 2017.

TACO! recently launched a publication of Thomas' writing titled 'In Writing'.

Thomas is presenting a new mural at the art fair Material Vol.8 in Mexico City, MX running from 28 April – 1 May 2022.

Charlie Godet Thomas, Cloud Study (Partner Dance), 2019
Video documentation of Charlie Godet Thomas' sculpture 'Cloud Study (Partner Dance)' at Frieze Sculpture 2019.
Charlie Godet Thomas, Enjoy the Trade Winds from the Comfort of an Air-Conditioned Bus (Thicket), 2016
Video Documentation of Charlie Godet Thomas' 'Enjoy the Trade Winds from the Comfort of an Air-conditioned Bus (Thicket)', 2016.
Book Launch with TACO!
Dec 2021
15
Wednesday
7:00 pm
9:00 pm
Free

Group event

Book Launch with TACO!

Book Launch and Screening

Satellite: Kino Bermondsey

A, letter
Nov 2021
10
Wednesday
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
Free

Group event

A, letter

Preview

Satellite: Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE

A, letter
Nov 2021
11
Thursday
Dec 2021
11
Saturday
Group show

A, letter

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Sounding Off 2.0
Aug 2020
09
Sunday
Nov 2020
08
Sunday

Nadim Abbas, Nicole Bachmann, Edwin Burdis, Kara Chin, Anaïs Comer, Tim Etchells, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Ludovica Gioscia, Katrin Hanusch, Candice Jacobs, Sophie Jung, Rene Matić, Campbell McConnell, Paula Pinho Martins Nacif, Milly Peck, Sam Porritt, Ralph Pritchard, Natasha Rees, Bioni Samp, James Stopforth, and Charlie Godet Thomas.

Group show

Sounding Off 2.0

VITRINE, Digital

Material Vol. 7
Feb 2020
07
Friday
Feb 2020
09
Sunday
Group show

Material Vol. 7

Fair

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