Charles Avery

Untitled (The Plane of the Gods) (2006)

About this artwork

In 2004 Avery began a long-term project called ‘The Islanders’, in which he describes, through a variety of media, the land and the inhabitants of an imaginary island. ‘The Plane of the Gods’ is the most popular tourist attraction of this island. It features nine deities which vary dramatically from once “unfathomable” black holes to identical twin cousins, each with their own narrative: ‘Duculi (The Indescribable)’ resembles two headless dogs joined at the neck and locked in a seemingly violent struggle with themselves and the ‘August Snakes’ with their long beards, hold an air of wisdom and have attracted a “cult following”. Avery approaches the traditional subject of religion in an unusual and somewhat humorous manner, exploring belief and how we perceive our own Gods.

  • title: Untitled (The Plane of the Gods)
  • accession number: GMA 4837
  • artist: Charles AveryScottish (born 1973)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Installation
  • date created: 2006
  • measurements: Figures variable, table top size 493.00 x 340.00 cm
  • credit line: Purchased with the Iain Paul Fund 2007
  • copyright: © Charles Avery. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2015
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve Antonia Reeve

Charles Avery

Charles Avery

Charles Avery views his work as being divided into two areas; atomic and mystic. His ‘atomic’ works are abstract and geometrical and his ‘mystic’ works consist of figurative pencil drawings. Avery prefers to exhibit them together in order to explore questions raised in metaphysics, mathematics and philosophy. He is particularly interested in the work of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, from whom he took the idea of an atomic and mystic approach to art. Avery’s drawings are made entirely from his imagination, and although they appear to be part of a larger, unknown narrative, they are completely improvised. Born in Oban, Avery studied a foundation course at Chelsea College of Art in London, but he is largely self-taught as an artist. In 2008 The Islanders: An Introduction opened at Parasol Unit, London, before touring to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. In 2007 Avery participated in Scotland + Venice at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He lives and works in London.