As part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2015, Ingleby Gallery presents a major solo exhibition by Charles Avery entitled The People and Things of Onomatopoeia.
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. This exhibition presents a new series of drawings alongside furniture, sculptures and all manner of imported artefacts that come together to describe the culture of Onomatopoeia’s inhabitants.
Elements of The Islanders project have previously been exhibited at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Parasol Unit, London and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. In 2007 Avery represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale.
The exhibition coincides with a new public artwork commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival and Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art. A tree from the municipal park of Onomatopoeia stands over five metres tall, ripe with strange fruit, cast in bronze will be sited in Waverley Station to offer a meeting point, or a place for momentary escape and contemplation.