Little Sound

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'Little Sound' is British-Bermudian artist Charlie Godet Thomas' fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, taking its title from the Italian word for sonnet, “sonetto” which translated literally means “little sound”. Traditionally, a sonnet is in praise of something (or someone), in this instance, those “somethings” are the easily overlooked moments, the little sounds, which are too often drowned out by the increasing dominance of “big noises”.

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At the heart of 'Little Sound' is the installation 'Dysfluent Song (Water)' (2023) which explores the musicality of a failing shelter, it’s a work in which the sound of poetry, and the poetry of sound overlap. The work consists of metal pans which sit on the floor catching drips of water, together the two elements play a gentle chance-based music which echoes through the space. The pans have also been worked into with short texts cut directly out of the vessels, succinct circular poems which try to imagine what other sounds might be summoned in our imaginations by the rhythmic dripping sound. 'Dysfluent Song (Water)' also mirrors some of the percussive taps and clicks from the articulatory structures of the glottis, tongue, teeth and lips, this reference to the normal operation of bodily production, and of speech production, again brings into focus the bodily and the built, the spoken and the written.

Throughout the space Thomas also presents works from his ongoing series 'Fix'. These delicate assemblages make use of collected pieces of card, magazines and paper which have been saved and catalogued from the making of other  paintings, drawings and collages. Closer observation reveals that the frames of these works, are in fact boxes of used photographic paper. The title of the series refers to the manual photographic process of rendering an image to paper. In these works, the images rendered are sculptural, held in stasis in a clear pool of cast rubber each of which has its own visual musicality. 

Writing a sonnet is to write within a strict structure, whilst attempting to transcend it. The poet's voice bends the form to its own will, instead of obligingly succumbing to the form’s demands. In this series of works, Thomas writes his own rules of making, impressing them on this body of work whilst also attempting to transcend them. 

It would be well perhaps if we were
to spend more of our days and nights
without any obstruction between us
and the celestial bodies, if the poet did
not speak so much from under a roof,
or the saint dwell there so long. Birds
do not sing in caves, nor do doves
cherish the innocence in dovecots.

- Henry David Thoreau

London Gallery Weekend 2024 extended opening hours:

Friday 31 May | 11am-6pm

Saturday 1 June | 11am-6pm

Sunday 2 June | 12-5pm

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Charlie Godet Thomas (b.1985, London, UK. British/Bermudian) currently lives and works between Mexico City, MX and Essex, 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. Past residencies include: Fundación Casa Wabi (2023); Caribbean Linked IV at Ateliers ’89 in Oranjestad, Aruba (2016); Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, Texas, US (2017); and Atelier Mondial, Basel, CH (2017).

Thomas has been exhibited internationally at galleries, institutions, and biennials including: Museo Jumex, Mexico City, MX; BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Somerset House, London, UK; 2022, 2020, 2018, 2016, 2014 and 2012 Bermuda Biennial, The Bermuda National Gallery, BM; Espacio Union, Mexico City, MX; Ladrón galería, Mexico City, MX; Carillon Gallery, Texas, US; VITRINE Basel, CH and London, UK; Assembly Point, London, UK; N.A.S.A.L., Mexico City, MX; JO-HS, Mexico City, MX; 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; Colector, Monterrey, MX; Ballon Rouge, Brussels, BE; Standpoint Gallery, London, UK; TACO!, London, UK.

Art fairs include: Salón ACME 2024, Mexico City, MX; Material Vol.7, Mexico City, MX; Frieze Sculpture 2019, London, UK; POPPOSITIONS 2018, Brussels, BE; The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, UK. He was commissioned for SCULPTURE AT Bermondsey Square, London in 2017.

Little Sound
May 2024
6:00 pm
8:00 pm
Group show

Little Sound


VITRINE Fitzrovia

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