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It is with great pleasure that we announce the first gallery exhibition in the Netherlands by Charles  Avery (Oban\, 1973) since h is solo museum presentation at the Boijmans van Beuningen museum in 2009.

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The exhibition will take place across both gallery spaces and will featur e new sculptures\, drawings and film works.Since 2004 Avery has been descri bing\, in the form of drawings\, texts\, and objects\, a fictional Island. The Island is located at the centre of an archipelago of innumerable consti tuents. The gateway to the Island is the town of Onomatopoeia\, once the st epping off point of the pioneers who first came to the place\, turned colon ial outpost\, turned boom town\, bustling metropolis\, depression ravaged s lum\, and regenerated city of culture and tourist destination.

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For the e xhibition at Grimm Gallery\, Avery presents new works that explore as yet e ntirely undepicted features of the Island.

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There is The Jadindag adendar\, the name of the municipal park of Onomatopoeia. On show will be several specimens of the flora\, including a ‘weeping’ tree of over four meters in height and a meticulous architectural study of the tree\, d emonstrating the pure mathematical system which gives rise to its form.

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There is The Qoro-Qoros: the given name of the nearendless \, miasmic network of windless mounds and pools which separates the Island from its colonial master\, the state known as Triangland. A spectacular fou r meter drawing depicts three individuals attempting to navigate this monot onous wilderness\, home to bloated giant eels who have become disorientated in the labyrinth of stagnant waters and who live by feeding off the other luckless beings (including humanity) who have come to pass here. It seems t hat these people— unlike the subsistence fishermen who\, unable to afford a boat\, come to harvest the great eels from their pools with a view to trad ing their insipid flesh — are visiting simply out of curiosity and for the thrill of jumping from qoro to spongy qoro. (A dangerous game to play becau se although one may push off from the rocky land that borders this territor y with a jaunty spring in one’s step and that one may continue with a feeli ng of near weightless indomitability and travel some distance from the Terra Firma\, all of a sudden one will be overcome with fatigu e and the spongy mounds that had propelled you forth start to suck you in. That phenomenon is what is called The lull.)

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And then there is the relat ively comforting bustle of Onomatopoeia. Another large scale drawing depict s a party of young women and men\, gathered on the quayside with cart loads of provisions\, ready to set out on a expedition in search of the Noumenon \; a creature which is believed by some to exist\, uniquely\, somewhere in the dark wilderness of the Island and has been held to have done so\, witho ut capture\, for as long as people have sought it. The party is full of ent husiasm\, checking theirequipment\, studying maps\, ingesting recreational drugs and sky-larking.

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In the background\, on the gable-end wall of the Penrose Trading Co. there are several poster-advertisements — some of which are rendered full size and full colour in the gallery space — promoting bu sinesses and cultural activity of Onomatopoeia. Central to the Island’s cul tural identity is the phenomenon known as The Eternal Dialectic\, an endless philosophical discussion which is acted out in the form of debates\, happenings and theatrical revues\, covering a gamut of philoso phical activity from the Logical Positivists to the Metas\, a band of thugs who issued via a poster campaign the dec laration that they renounced the Dialectic in favour of violence (which the y hold to be the purest from of expression) and who roam the streets in sea rch of rival factions to assault.

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There is no overarching theme to this exhibition beyond the structure of the Island itself\, although ideas of et ernal return and pure mathematics are especially apparent. The work here re presents the output from several new explorations into various aspects of t he Island\, the product of six months of intense and happy activity in the studio.

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Born in Oban\, Scotland in 1973\, Charles Avery lives and works in London. The first most comprehensive presentation of The Islanders proje ct\, ‘The Islanders: An Introduction’ was exhibited at Parasol Unit Foundat ion for Contemporary Art\, london in 2008 and toured to The Scottish Nation al Gallery of Modern Art\, Edinburgh and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen\, ro tterdam in 2009. 

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Other solo presentations include the exhibition\, Onom atopoeia\, Part 1\, which was exhibited at EX3- Centro per l’Arte Contempor anea\, Florence in 2010 and toured to Kunstverein hanover and Frac Ile-de-F rance/le Plateau\, Paris in 2011. Recent group exhibitions include  life Fo rms\, Bonniers Konsthall\, Stockholm (2009)\; A Walk in Your Mind\, Hayward Gallery\, (2009)\; A Duck for Mr Darwin\, Baltic Centre for Contemporary A rt\, (2009)\, and Altermodern: 4th Tate Triennial\, london (2009). Avery re presented Scotland at t he 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 and participated in the British Art Show 7 and Folkestone Triennial in 2011.

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