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Charles Avery: The People and Things of Onomatopoeia

30 July 2015 until 3 October 2015
Ingleby Gallery

Charles Avery:
The People and Things of Onomatopoeia
30 July – 3 October 2015

As part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2015, Ingleby Gallery will present a major solo exhibition by Charles Avery.

In 2004, Charles Avery embarked on what will be a lifelong project titled The Islanders: a painstakingly detailed description of a fictional
world that functions in parallel to our own universe, realised in drawing, painting, sculpture and text. These large-scale, narrative drawings and sculptural installations question our ideas about the nature of time, place and being.
The Island is located in the middle of an archipelago of innumerable constituents, and its heart is the port of Onomatopoeia. This town
was once a stepping off point for pioneers and travellers, then a bustling boomtown, then a slum in a state of extended decline, and now in the fictional present, it is reborn as a regenerated city of culture and a tourist destination. Our
exhibition will present a new series of drawings alongside furniture, sculpture and artefacts, presented as souvenirs and objects from The Island itself.

Coinciding with ‘The People and Things of Onomatopoeia’ is a new site-specific work by Charles Avery, commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art. For this, Avery is presenting a tree from The Jadindagadendar, the municipal park of Onomatopoiea, in the midst of Waverley, Edinburgh’s main train station. This tree, cast in bronze and ripe with strange fruit, draws on mathematical equations for its design and stands over five metres tall.

Born in Oban in 1973, Charles Avery lives and works in London. The first most comprehensive presentation of The Islanders project ‘The Islanders; An introduction’ was exhibited at Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London
in 2008 and toured to The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, in 2009. In 2007, Avery represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Ingleby Gallery opening hours are 10 am – 6 pm Monday to Saturday, and Sundays 12 pm – 5 pm during August only.

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Charles Avery, 'Untitled (Two Guys in Boat Approaching Quayside)', 2015 [Detail] 139 x 113 cm Pencil, acrylic and ink on paper, Courtesy of the artist and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

Charles Avery, 'Untitled (Two Guys in Boat Approaching Quayside)', 2015 [Detail] 139 x 113 cm Pencil, acrylic and ink on paper, Courtesy of the artist and Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh