18 May – 21 June 2015
In Escape to a Sparkling Moment, Charlie Godet Thomas departs from his primary mediums of sculpture, photography and painting to engage in his preoccupation with pairing melancholic and humorous content. An image of a storm cloud from the cartoon Calamity James – a character perpetually hounded by ill fate and near death – is repeated playfully across the surface of the billboard in garish colours. Acknowledging an initial gesture towards Warhol, Thomas creates a more morose impression of the psychological effect of consumer culture and its deification some decades down the line, in a work that is then 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 clichéd notions of the North/South divide, the British stiff upper lip, and idyllic yet absent rolling green hills of England.
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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.
Thomas’ recent exhibitions include; A Method for Writing/A Method for Making (solo show), BALTIC 39, Newcastle, UK; Bending Light (group show), Home-Platform, Bristol, UK; and END (group show), Cactus Gallery, Liverpool, UK, all 2014. He has current and forthcoming solo exhibitions at Cactus, Liverpool (April/May 2015) and Telfer Gallery, Glasgow (August 2015).