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Charles Avery

Scottish, b. 1973

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Charles Avery

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Scottish, b. 1973

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Biography

Through an extended series of meticulous drawings and bold sculptures, London-based artist Charles Avery has created a fictional land simply called “the Island.” Avery’s entire body of work since 2004 has been devoted to the exploration and expansion of the customs, people, and cosmologies of this imagined place. Most recently, he has focused on the capital city of Onomatopoeia, where its denizens (who resemble humans) attend art openings, ride bikes, and wear clothing that resists identification with any single era, country, or culture. By conjuring this ahistorical, apolitical world, Avery addresses themes of utopia, dystopia, and globalization.

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Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 5 more
Biography

Through an extended series of meticulous drawings and bold sculptures, London-based artist Charles Avery has created a fictional land simply called “the Island.” Avery’s entire body of work since 2004 has been devoted to the exploration and expansion of the customs, people, and cosmologies of this imagined place. Most recently, he has focused on the capital city of Onomatopoeia, where its denizens (who resemble humans) attend art openings, ride bikes, and wear clothing that resists identification with any single era, country, or culture. By conjuring this ahistorical, apolitical world, Avery addresses themes of utopia, dystopia, and globalization.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 5 more
Shows Featuring Charles Avery
Articles Featuring Charles Avery
Step Inside “The Island,” Charles Avery’s Fictional Parallel to Life on Earth
Aug 25th, 2015
Step Inside “The Island,” Charles Avery’s Fictional Parallel to Life on Earth
Frieze Focus: Up-and-Coming Galleries Showing Previously Unseen Artworks
Apr 30th, 2014
Frieze Focus: Up-and-Coming Galleries Showing Previously Unseen Artworks
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