Untitled (Field)


Pencil, acrylic, and ink on watercolor paper

102 x 152 cm | 40 1/8 x 59 7/8 in (unframed) 109.2 x 160 cm | 43 x 63 in (framed)


Since 2004, the Scottish artist Charles Avery has dedicated himself to the invention of an imaginary island, new corners of which he continues to chart through drawings, sculptures, texts, ephemera and (more rarely) 16mm animations and live incursions into our own world. Known only as ‘the Island’, Avery’s wave-lapped realm is not only a vividly realised fiction, teeming with sights both strange and strangely familiar, it also operates as a petri dish in which the artist tests ideas from the fields of epistemology, aesthetics, mathematics, economics, anthropology, architecture, and beyond.

The Island is located at the centre of an archipelago of innumerable constituents. The gateway to the Island is the town of Onomatopoeia, once the stepping off point of the pioneers who first came to the place, turned colonial outpost, turned boom town, bustling metropolis, depression ravaged slum, and regenerated city of culture and tourist destination. As Avery has said, the Island – with its fantastical flora and fauna, its eccentric cosmology and customs – is “a place that helps me to think.”

Charles Avery lives and works in London and Mull (UK). Selected exhibitions include: The Seventh Continent, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, 16th Istanbul Biennale (TR), 2019; NOW, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (UK), 2019; Auto fictions – Contemporary drawing Prix de dessin Guerlain, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein (DE), 2018; GLASSTRESS, Palazzo Franchetti, 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (IT), 2017; Study #15: Charles Avery, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (UK), 2017; What’s the matter with Idealism?, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (NL), 2015; fig-2 2/50 Charles Avery, ICA Studio, London (UK), 2015; Vitrines: Charles Avery, L’Antenne, Le Plateau, FRAC lle de France, Paris (FR), 2013; Onomatopoeia, Part 1, EX3 Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Florence (IT); travelling to Kunstverein, Hanover (DE) and FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris (FR), 2010; The Islanders: An Introduction, Parasol Unit, London (UK), travelling to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (UK), 2008.

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