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GRIMM is pleased to announce that it will participate for the first time in Independent Brussels with a solo presentation of new work by Scottish artist Charles Avery (1973, Oban, UK). This presentation amounts to a snapshot of the inhabitants, culture and aesthetic of Onomatopoeia -the capital city of Charles Avery’s fictional Island state the creation of which the artist has solely dedicated his practice to for the last thirteen years.

In Avery’s new work presented at Independent Art Fair, the gamut of Onomatopoeian society is visualised. Those pictured in his detailed works include: the itinerant wouldbe workers who wait outside the Labour Exchange in hopes of a mere day’s subsistence, the rambling shaman gesticulating skyward, the solitary bikini-clad, flip-flopping bather, the eel seller in the market, and various curious, weary tourists. Whereas his drawings are reportage of a realm where a camera cannot go, Avery’s sculptures bring the fiction off the wall and into the room where they are silent: a stool to sit on, a cup to drink from and a table to put it down on, a lamp to give light — elements of this fictional world which can be incorporated into our own quotidian lives.


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Untitled (Triste)

Charles Avery

2018

White patinated bronze, plaster, acrylic

42 x 37 x 37 cm | 16 1/2 x 14 5/8 x 14 5/8 in

Untitled (Bather, Yellow Sky)

Charles Avery

2018

Acrylic, ink and pencil on paper mounted on linen

Unframed 80.7 x 54.1 cm | 31 3/4 x 21 1/4 in Framed: 91.4 x 65 cm | 36 x 25 5/8 in

Untitled (Eel Seller, Onomatopoeia)

Charles Avery

2018

Acrylic, ink and pencil on paper mounted on linen

Unframed 80.7 x 57.1 cm | 31 3/4 x 22 1/2 in Framed: 90.2 x 68 cm | 35 1/2 x 26 3/4 in

Untitled (Egg Eating Egret bar)

Charles Avery

2017

Pencil, ink, acrylic, collage and watercolour on paper mounted on linen

Unframed: 57.5 x 41 cm | 22 5/8 x 16 1/8 in Framed: 65.4 x 48.6 x 5.7 cm | 25 3/4 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/4 in


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Charles Avery

Since 2004, the Scottish artist Charles Avery (1973, Oban, UK) 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.


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