Charles Avery


Drawing, sculpture, mixed media

Charles Avery

Past: May 27 → August 8, 2010

The FRAC Ile-de-France/Le Plateau is organizing Charles Avery’s first solo show in France. This Scottish artist, who was born in 1973 and lives and works in London, is the author of nothing less than a mythology — The Islanders — to which he has devoted himself fulltime since 2004.

By way of texts, drawings, installations and sculptures, Charles Avery describes for us an island and an imaginary world — its geography, its fauna and flora, its inhabitants — governed by specific laws, which an explorer gradually reveals to us.

Over and above a narrative imbued with an accomplished realism — his drawings, in particular, illustrate an amazing virtuosity—the narrative reveals a complex system in which logical and philosophical considerations seem to hold sway: the facts, gestures and events which are recorded for us appear to be continually responding to dialectics based on equivalence and uncertainty.

Right away, this relationship to a line of thinking structuring a whole, as it happens just like the artist creating a world for us, is displayed by names given, not without wit, both to certain areas of this parallel world and to certain protagonists of The Islanders: Onomatopeia, is the central city on the imaginary isle, the Noumenons are animals whose heads we never see, and the archipelago of Wittgenstein’s Axiom is set in the Analytic Ocean.

Charles Avery’s overflowing imagination, combined with his astonishing inventiveness, do not, moreover, seem to recognize any limit, and come across through the meticulous creation and description of an endless host of characters, godheads, scenes and phenomena which confuse probability with perfect unusualness.

The resulting strangeness, over and above the style of a kind of drawing that is to say the least novel, and over and above associations of forms where the rawest kind of realism rubs shoulders with an abstraction with idealist emphases, is also that of the approach itself, which, in many respects, contains a form of obsolescence: if the fictional undertaking calls to mind that of illustrious predecessors — Faulkner, Borges, in particular, and, in the field of art, Broodthaers — it may appear, in the age of Second Life and the new media, thoroughly incongruous.

  • Opening Wednesday, May 26, 2010 6 PM → 9 PM
  • Corps collector — Vanessa Le Mat Performance Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Corps collector est une performance déambulatoire pour plusieurs interprètes, reliant la figure du chorégraphe à celle du collectionneur : Le corps envisagé comme collectionneur de sens, de mouvements, de mémoires, d’états de lieux internes… Vanessa Le Mat a été interprète et collaboratrice de William Forsythe. Elle développe ses projets chorégraphiques à Paris depuis 2006 et inscrit sa recherche en dehors du cadre scénique traditionnel.

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Opening hours

Wednesday – Sunday, 2 PM – 7 PM
Late night and drinks : 1st Wednesday of each month (except opening dates) until 9pm

Admission fee

Free entrance

Venue schedule

The artist

  • Charles Avery