Study #15 looks in depth at a drawing by British artist Charles Avery from the David Roberts Collection. The artist presents a selection of additional works in the exhibition, including sculptures, drawings and items from his studio. A new text by writer and curator Nicolas Bourriaud is commissioned for the project.
The work depicts a scene from ‘The Island’, the epic fictional world to which Avery has devoted his practice since 2004. The Island’s geography and anthropology are intricately conceived and revealed through Avery’s diverse works, which often function as emissaries or relics from the territory rather than direct illustrations. Although rooted in Avery’s own upbringing on the Scottish island Mull, the landscape, architecture and anthropology of The Island are evolved through distinct mathematical and philosophical systems.
DRAF Studies are a series of focused case-studies of works from the David Roberts Collection. Each presentation centres on a single work, displayed on its own in a gallery with a printed booklet. The commissioned writer studies the work in depth: from its techniques, origin and history to its position in the artist’s practice and contemporary debates. Previous Studies include works by Victor Man, Carole Bove, Bruce McLean, Martin Boyce, Boyle Family, Michael Simpson, Yto Barrada, Sterling Ruby, Ida Applebroog, Andreas Slominski, Etel Adnan, Phillip Guston, Fiona Banner and Rosemarie Trockel.
- Installation view of Streams of Warm Impermanence at DRAF, 2016. Photo: Tim Bowditch