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Charles Avery - The Islanders: An Introduction

from February 28 2009 until June 7 2009

Charles Avery, Untitled (A Stone-Mouse Expedition), 2008, 84cm x 63.5cm, pencil and gouache on paper. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam Charles Avery, Untitled (Herd of Alephs), 2008, 124.5cm x 166cm, pencil, ink and gouache on paper. Private collection, The Netherlands Charles Avery, Untitled (Stone-Mouse Sellers), 2008, 96cm x 132.5cm (framed), pencil and gouache on card & brass plate. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam Charles Avery, Untitled (Globe), 2008, 30cm x 30cm x 45cm, antique globe, gouache and paper

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.

On February 26th, Charles Avery gave a lecture in Stroom Den Haag, as part of 'The Knight's Move', a series of lectures by eminent international speakers who stand out by their unusual, enlightening and inspirational visions concerning the city, urbanity, the public domain, and community. Below you find a clip from the lecture, the registration of the full lecture can be viewed on dvd in the library of Stroom Den Haag.