Charles Avery – David Roberts Art FoundationPosted On 11 01 2017
Study #15. Untitled (The Ninth Resort)
DRAF, Symes Mews, London
20 January – 8 April 2017
DRAF Studies are a series of focused case-studies of works from the David Roberts Collection. Each presentation centres on a single work, displayed on its own in a gallery with a printed booklet. Study #15 looks in depth at the work of British artist Charles Avery
The exhibition opens with the Hunter, an explorer protagonist whose arrival on the shores of Avery’s imagined Island introduces the viewer to the archipelago, and whose discovery of its landscapes, population and customs guides our own. The next room looks at the Duculi, one of the Island’s nine gods, a fearful creature whose two canine bodies are fused at the neck in a blind eternal struggle. The centre of the exhibition addresses the city: both the metropolitan Place de la Révolution at the heart of the capital Onomatopoeia, lined with geometric monuments and bustling crowds of cyclists; and the more dingy industrial margins including The Ninth Resort. A bronze bust crowned by a tall structural hat introduces the philosopher inhabitants of the Island, whose Dukes wear elaborate headwear signalling their adherence to many philosophical sub-schools.
The final room collates materials selected by the artist to make visible his broad studio practice, including furniture, designed wallpaper, books, maquettes, sketches and texts.