Elixir: the video organism of Pipilotti Rist
February 2009

Exhibition Charles Avery

With 'The Islanders: An Introduction', Charles Avery is presenting his epic project about an imaginary island off the Scottish coast at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen from 28 February until 7 June 2009.

Charles Avery, Untitled (Herd of Alephs), 2008
Charles Avery, Untitled (Herd of Alephs), 2008

Since 2004 Charles Avery (born, Scotland, 1973) has been working on 'The Islanders', an epic project which seeks to define an imaginary Island. Through drawings, models and texts Avery describes the topology, cosmology and inhabitants of this fictional territory, from the market of Onomatopoeia (being the name of the main town) to the Eternal Forest where an unknown beast called the Noumenon is held to reside.
The project can be read as a meditation on some of the central themes of philosophy, of art-making, and on the colonization and ownership of the world of ideas.

This exhibition is a partnership between Parasol unit - foundation for contemporary art, London and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.