Charles Avery: The People and Things of Onomatopoeia

30 Jul 2015 – 3 Oct 2015

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11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
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Ingleby Gallery

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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A major solo presentation of work by Charles Avery from the artist's ongoing project ‘The Islanders’


As part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2015, Ingleby Gallery will present a major solo exhibition by Charles Avery.

In 2004, Charles Avery embarked on what will be a lifelong project titled The Islanders: a painstakingly detailed description of a fictional
world that functions in parallel to our own universe, realised in drawing, painting, sculpture and text. These large-scale, narrative drawings and sculptural installations question our ideas about the nature of time, place and being. The Island is located in the middle of an archipelago of innumerable constituents, and its heart is the port of Onomatopoeia. This town was once a stepping off point for pioneers and travellers, then a bustling boomtown, then a slum in a state of extended decline, and now in
the fictional present, it is reborn as a regenerated city of culture and a tourist destination. Our exhibition will present a new series of drawings
alongside furniture, sculpture and artefacts, presented as souvenirs and objects from The Island itself.

Coinciding with The People and Things of Onomatopoeia is a new site-specific work by Charles Avery, commissioned by Edinburgh Art
Festival and Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art. For this, Avery is presenting a tree from The Jadindagadendar, the municipal park of Onomatopoiea, in the midst of Waverley, Edinburgh's main train station. This tree, cast in bronze and ripe with strange fruit, draws on mathematical equations for its design and stands over five metres tall.

Born in Oban in 1973, Charles Avery lives and works in London. The first most comprehensive presentation of The Islanders project The Islanders; An introduction was exhibited at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London in 2008 and toured to The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, in 2009. In 2007, Avery represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

The People and Things of Onomatopoeia will be viewable for press previews, by appointment, at Ingleby Gallery from 13
July 2015.

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Charles Avery


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