To Be Is To Do, To Do Is To Be, Do Be Do Be Do

Charlie Godet Thomas
19th Sept 2015 -
4th Oct 2015

Friday 18 September 2015
Generously sponsored by Tennent’s Black

Saturday 19 September — Sunday 4 October
Thurs – Sun, 12—5pm (or by appointment)

Poets work with two materials, one’s black and one’s white. Call them sound and silence, life and death, hot and cold, love and loss: any can be the case but none of those yins and yangs tell the whole story. What you feel the whiteness is right now – consciously or some way beneath that plane – will determine what you do next. Call it this and that, whatever it is this time, just don’t make the mistake of thinking the white sheet is nothing. It’s nothing for your novelist, your journalist, your blogger. For those folk it’s a tabula rasa, a giving surface. For a poet it’s half of everything (1).
(1) Glyn Maxwell, On Poetry (London, Oberon Books 2012), p.11

Inspired by the un-inked page, the blank screen, the untouched canvas, the white ‘readiness’ of the seemingly un-pixellated infinity of a page without text, To be is to do, To Be Is To Do, To Do Is To Be, Do Be Do Be Do creates a dialogue that will explore the way in which strategies for writing are used to create new visual forms. A selection of new works by Charlie Godet Thomas, which make myriad use of fiction and poetry, are a continuation of the artists preoccupation with the way in which written forms can be appropriated and used as strategies for making.

Taking on a topic that has long been a concern for writers and visual artists alike, this exhibition will remind us that if we resist the convention that art is a wholly separate discipline to writing and remind ourselves that much exists in-between, we can create all manner of forms from that ‘clean slate’.

The Telfer Gallery is delighted to present the work of Charlie Godet Thomas to a Scottish audience for the first time. Due to the delay in relocating to our new gallery space at MANY Studios in The Barras the exhibition will take place at our current gallery space located in the Merchant City.

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Charlie Godet Thomas (b.1985) lives and works in London, UK. Having obtained 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.

Past exhibitions include:
A Method for Writing/A Method for Making (solo show), BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, An Evanescent Fix (group show), Vitrine, London, In Comes the Good Air, Out Goes the Bad Air, In Comes the Good Air (solo show), Cactus, Liverpool and END (group show) also at Cactus, Liverpool. He is represented by Vitrine Gallery, London.

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‘To Be Or To Do, To Work And Not To Make?’
Saturday 26 September 2015
Kinning Park Complex
40 Cornwall Street
Glasgow G41 1AQ

Starting with the provocation that “one shouldn’t make a living from making work”, curators Bloomfield and Farrer present a public conversation and screening event to look at how the economic practicalities of making a living might feed into the form and content of art. Programmed in response to Charlie Godet Thomas’ forthcoming exhibition at the Telfer Gallery To be is to do, To do is to be, Do be do be do, the event interrogates the connections between being and doing, between making a living and making work.

Screenings will include films and extracts from contemporary artists such as Patrick Goddard; case studies of historical films like Jean-Luc Godard’s Le Rapport Darty (1989); and ‘provocations’ from the curators drawn from interviews conducted by with artists in London, Glasgow and Europe with the intention to open up a discussion on the tensions arising during the event.

To be or to do, to work and not to make? is the first public event of Bloomfield and Farrer’s ongoing research project on self-sufficiency and autonomy.

Tickets for this event are £1.50 and can be ordered via Eventbrite.


John Bloomfield (London) and Cicely Farrer (Dundee) have collaborated on curatorial projects and research since November 2013. Their first project Objective Considerations of Contemporary Phenomena, an exhibition of contemporary art, philosophical and art writing and historical film, which addressed failures in language, took place at MOT International Projects in London in Winter 2014 with support from Arts Council England.

Bloomfield graduated with an MA in Film Studies from UCL, earning a distinction. He has curated numerous film and moving image related projects including a programme of workshops at Birkbeck University, Godard as Curator (Nov–Dec 2014) with Alex Graham, which included a UK premiere of Godard/Mieville’s Reportage Amateur: Maquette Expo and Gailleurd/Bohler’s Le Désordre Exposé at Tate Modern; a six-week community cinema,Cinema6, with artist John Hill; a programme of film, performance and talks for Flat Time House in London, The Best Scene Is Off-Screen (April–July 2015); and several film programmes with The Screen Shadows Group.

Farrer (visit website here) graduated from the Royal College of Art Curating Contemporary Art programme in 2013, receiving a distinction and has curated numerous independent projects including recently A Non-Utopian Kind of Girl (Oct/Nov 2013), with online magazine Pearrls and No one lives here at Royal College of Art (March 2013). She has written for various publications including Frieze, ‘this is tomorrow’, Arta, Pearrls, Bloomsbury peer review journal Textile and Generator Projects’ Publishing.

Both curators also have jobs—John Bloomfield works as an editor at Black Dog Publishing in London and Cicely Farrer is Curatorial Assistant at Cooper Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee.