Charlie Godet Thomas: Torschlusspanik

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Charlie Godet Thomas’s first London solo exhibition. Bridging sculpture, photography and painting and exploring the intersection between language and materiality, Thomas creates new cast wax works brought together in this site-specific installation. The title is a combination of three German words, and literally translated means ‘gate-shut-panic’. The term dates back to the Middle Ages and describes the panic that medieval peasants might have experienced as they rushed to make it back inside the city gates before they closed at nightfall. Being left outside the protective walls would have meant being exposed to the cold, wild animals and perhaps thieves. These days, the definition of Torschlusspanik is more metaphorical, and is far more likely to be triggered by the effects of a mid-life crisis, or the tick-tock of a biological clock. This installation, as with much of Thomas’s work, addresses the way in which strategies for writing poetry or fiction can be used and appropriated as a means by which to make work. Artworks tell the story of their process and origins. Considering the materiality and physicality of ‘things’ and playing materials against each other suggesting weight and movement within the stillness of repeated photographic images. The new wall-based casts feature hidden prints of the American cleaning product ‘Drano’, which features in Vonnegut’s novels, notably as a tool by which several of his characters meet their ends; Once in situ, melted with a heatgun the image is revealed, drips also forming on the works and pooling beneath on the floor. New cast objects, including rubber walking sticks, lie forlornly on the floor. They punctuate the wall-based works, suggest the absence (or death) of a recent human presence in the space, whilst adding a touch of dark humour in the objects’ obvious worthlessness. In experiencing the work, one is constantly reminded of the recent presence - and now obvious absence - of the artist. As the wax on the prints melts to reveal the images behind it, the drips and pools tell the story of their making yet reveal little about their genesis. Like the ineffectual walking sticks lying abandoned on the ground, the viewer is left clutching half of the story.

VITRINE Bermondsey
15 Bermondsey Square
SE1 3UN LONDON
United kingdom
+44 (0)20 7564 7027
http://www.vitrinegallery.co.uk

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Selection of further exhibitions in: United kingdom

19.10.2019 - 26.01.2020
National Museum & Gallery Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff

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16.10.2019 - 01.03.2020
Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London

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18.12.2019 - 31.03.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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11.09.2019 - 02.02.2020
02.01.2019 - 31.07.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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02.04.2020 - 31.08.2020
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester

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10.11.2018 - 31.03.2020
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham

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30.11.2020 - 17.11.2020
18.05.2019 - 17.05.2020
National Museum & Gallery Cardiff
Cathays Park
Cardiff

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26.11.2019 - 26.04.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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07.11.2019 - 03.11.2020
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester

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05.01.2020 - 30.11.2020










Charlie Godet Thomas: Torschlusspanik VITRINE Bermondsey Main address: VITRINE Bermondsey 15 Bermondsey Square SE1 3UN LONDON , United kingdom VITRINE Bermondsey 15 Bermondsey Square SE1 3UN LONDON , United kingdom

Charlie Godet Thomas’s first London solo exhibition. Bridging sculpture, photography and painting and exploring the intersection between language and materiality, Thomas creates new cast wax works brought together in this site-specific installation. The title is a combination of three German words, and literally translated means ‘gate-shut-panic’. The term dates back to the Middle Ages and describes the panic that medieval peasants might have experienced as they rushed to make it back inside the city gates before they closed at nightfall. Being left outside the protective walls would have meant being exposed to the cold, wild animals and perhaps thieves. These days, the definition of Torschlusspanik is more metaphorical, and is far more likely to be triggered by the effects of a mid-life crisis, or the tick-tock of a biological clock. This installation, as with much of Thomas’s work, addresses the way in which strategies for writing poetry or fiction can be used and appropriated as a means by which to make work. Artworks tell the story of their process and origins. Considering the materiality and physicality of ‘things’ and playing materials against each other suggesting weight and movement within the stillness of repeated photographic images. The new wall-based casts feature hidden prints of the American cleaning product ‘Drano’, which features in Vonnegut’s novels, notably as a tool by which several of his characters meet their ends; Once in situ, melted with a heatgun the image is revealed, drips also forming on the works and pooling beneath on the floor. New cast objects, including rubber walking sticks, lie forlornly on the floor. They punctuate the wall-based works, suggest the absence (or death) of a recent human presence in the space, whilst adding a touch of dark humour in the objects’ obvious worthlessness. In experiencing the work, one is constantly reminded of the recent presence - and now obvious absence - of the artist. As the wax on the prints melts to reveal the images behind it, the drips and pools tell the story of their making yet reveal little about their genesis. Like the ineffectual walking sticks lying abandoned on the ground, the viewer is left clutching half of the story.
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