“The poet should be as sensitive as an aching tooth.” 1
Assembly Point is delighted to present an exhibition of new work by Charlie Godet Thomas.
Dim Lit presents the viewer with an environment of unoccupied spaces, littered with debris the built environment announces through broken signs; “CASH or GO!” and “COLD COLDER OLD OLDER”, the statements ringing out across the landscape unheard. Elsewhere, wind chimes turn silent circles waiting patiently for the air to move them into song, into speech, without reprieve. What has been lost, and what do we stand to lose in amongst the business and the busyness, of everyday life? 3
1 Anna Swir, Talking to my Body, trans. Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan (Copper Canyon Press, Washington, 1996) p.6
Charlie Godet Thomas is a British-Bermudian artist whose work employs a wide range of approaches including writing, painting, sculpture, assemblage, photography sound and video. His work is concerned with the connections between visual art and literature, the act of writing, the autobiographical, the tragic and the humorous. His work is summoned from unlikely places such as bookbinding processes, street signage, funereal foam letters and the language of medical packaging.
Recent solo shows include ‘WHAT IS IT, THIS TIME?’, Lily Brooke, London (2018); ‘Strandline’, Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, Leeds (2017); ‘Roman-fleuve’, VITRINE, Basel (2017); ‘Internal Rhyme’, Ladrón Galería, Mexico City (2017); ‘Bildungsroman’, Carillon Gallery, Texas (2017); ‘Torschlusspanik’, VITRINE, London (2015) ‘To Be Is To Do, To Do Is To Be, Do Be Do Be Do’, Telfer Gallery, Glasgow (2015) and ‘A Method for Writing/A Method for Making’, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK (2014).Thomas represented Bermuda at Caribbean Linked IV at Ateliers ’89, Aruba (2016) and was in residence at Tarrant County College, Texas, US (2017) and at Atelier Mondial, Basel, CH (2017). His work was presented by VITRINE at The Manchester Contemporary (2015) with Tim Etchells and a solo booth at Poppostions, Brussels (2018). He was commissioned for ‘SCULPTURE AT’ Bermondsey Square, London (2017). Recent group exhibitions include: ‘To the Core’, White Crypt, London (2018), ‘Mission to Touch the Sun: Part 1’, Enclave Lab, London (2018); ‘Identify your limitations, acknowledge your periphery’, VITRINE, Basel (2017); ‘…in Dark Times’, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2017); Bermuda Biennial, The Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda (2012, 2014 and 2016); ‘Incunabula’, Norwich Cathedral Library (2015); ‘An evanescent fix’, VITRINE, London (2015); ‘Escape to a Sparkling Moment’, Bloc Projects, Sheffield UK (2015); ‘Bending Light’, Home-Platform, Bristol, UK (2014) and ‘END’, Cactus, Liverpool, UK (2014).