Bloc Billboard: Charlie Godet ThomasMon 18 May 2015 – Sun 21 Jun 2015 Bloc Projects (open Weds – Sat / 12pm – 6pm)
In Escape to a Sparkling Moment, Charlie Godet Thomas continues his preoccupation with pairing melancholic and humorous content. An image of a storm cloud from the cartoon a Calamity James, a character perpetually hounded by ill fate and near death, is repeated jovially across the surface of the billboard in garish colours. As the duplicated image appears initially as a gesture towards Warhol, Thomas instead creates a more morose impression of the psychological effect, some decades down the line, of consumer culture and its deification, aptly plastered across a billboard.
Alongside the billboard, Thomas has produced a short poetic text, available in the gallery, that draws into the work references to the clichéd notion of the North/South divide, the British stiff upper lip and idyllic, but seemingly absent, rolling green hills of England.
Charlie Godet Thomas (b.1985) lives and works in London, UK. Having studied a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) at Manchester School of Art in 2009, he graduated with an MA in Fine Art (Sculpture) from the Royal College of Art, London in 2014 where he was awarded the Bermuda Arts Council Scholarship and the Peter Leitner Scholarship. Exhibitions include; A Method for Writing/A Method for Making (solo show), BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK; Bending Light (group show), Home-Platform, Bristol, UK and END (group show), Cactus Gallery, Liverpool, UK. Current and forthcoming solo exhibitions at Cactus, Liverpool (April/May 2015) and Telfer Gallery, Glasgow (August 2015).
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