Language, psychoanalysis, sociopolitical constructions of gender and identity are at the heart of Charlotte Colberts practice. Spanning film, photography, ceramic and sculpture, she questions narrative structures and storytelling, weaving surreal and fantastical mise en scene in a documenterian approach to character figures and people. Fiction becomes a way to approach the truth and the most intimate emotions.
Colbert has been described as a surrealist maker of breathing sculptures. Her anthropomorphic, moving image sculptures comprise multiple TV screens built into corten steel apparatus, examining the relationship between technology and the human body. They have been described as ‘contemprary mobiles’ by AnotherMagazine, ‘cyborgian post apolyptic and tender with a soothing sense of a familial and palpable human presence, fascinating, hypnotic and intimate.’
Colbert’s 170kg, 11 screen, 21st century reinterpretation of Lucian Freuds iconic 1995 painting ‘Benefit Supervisor Sleeping’ of Sue Tilley, was built to invert the male gaze in which it was originally depicted through. ‘I like the idea of turning the tables and subverting the male gaze. Sue is now looking at us.’ (Colbert in conversation with Art Daily)
Colbert’s recent ceramic series continues the play with the inversion and subversion of the inside and the outside. Bodily functions and reproductive organs are reimagined through baby pink lacquered and flocked ceramic sculptures of viral cells, breasts and stomachs. In works like Motherhood (2018), Yoni (2018) and Fallopia (2019), female reproductive organs are reimagined under a soft pink hue, as Colbert strikes a material dialogue which shifts our perception of our own physicality and DNA
Charlotte Colbert (b. 1985, New York) is a Franco/British moving image and multimedia artist who lives and works in London. She completed her MFA at London Film School in 2009. Selected solo exhibitions include Guests: A Day at Home (Public installation), V&A Museum of Childhood, London, UK (2018); Ordinary Madness, Gazelli Art House, London, UK (2016) and In and Out of Space (a public commission at 90 Piccadilly) London, UK (2015). Selected group exhibitions include Fibra, Post Institute Von Goetz, London, UK (2019); Mademoiselle (37 Women Artists), CRAC Centre Regional d Art Contemporain Occitanie, Sete, France (2018); From Selfie to Self Expression, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2017) and Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick curated by James Lavelle and James Punam, Somerset House, London, UK (2016). She has held presentations at Art Basel Hong Kong, Istanbul Art Fair, Art Basel Miami and Photo London.
In 2016 the short film The Silent Man (B&W; sound; aspect ratio: 1.85:1; TRT 15.00 min) was released, written and directed by Colbert. It has since been presented at film festivals internationally.
SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
2018: Benefit Supervisor Sleeping, Unit9
2016: Ordinary Madness, Gazelli Art House
2014/15: In and Out of Space, public Project , 90-94 Piccadilly, London UK
2014: Studies, Brun Fine Art
2013: A Day At Home, Gazelli Art House
2011: Stornoway, Wilmotte and Tristan Hoare Gallery, Lichfield Studios
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2019: Fibra, Post-Institute Von Goetz
2018: Through The Looking Glass, Cob Gallery
2018: The Silent Man screening, CRAC OCCITANIE Centre régional d’art contemporain
2018: 21st Century Women, curators Fru Tholstrup and Jane Neal.
2018: V&A Museum of Childhood
2018: Mademoiselle, CRAC OCCITANIE Centre régional d’art contemporain
2018: Wandsworth Road, ArtNight London, Philip’s and Haywards Gallery
2017: The Body Issue, Now Gallery, Greenwich
2017: Emerging Artist, at Coutts Bank on the Strand
2017: Exhibition,The Arts Club, Dover street, London
2017: Baku, Azerbaijan, Gazelli Art House
2017: Modern Penelope Collective, Palm Tree Gallery, Alteria Art
2017: Art Night with ArtNight London, Philip’s and Whitechapel Gallery
2017: From Selfie to Self-Expression, Saatchi Gallery
2017: Pop, Hong Kong.
2017: Made in Britain, Sotheby’s
2017: Toute Seule, Gazelli Art House, with Nancy Spero,
Elizabeth Murray, Rachel Whiteread, Rebecca Allen
2017: House of Penelope, Gallery 46 with Becky Allen, Charlotte Colbert,
Adeline de Monseignat, Camilla Emson, Nancy Fouts, Eloise Van
Heyden, Alice Anderson, Miriam Austin, Bea Bonafini, Ines de Bordas,
Soojin Kang, Radhika Khimji, Romana Londi, Mariana Mauricio,
Walter & Zoniel
2016: Made in Britain, Sotheby’s
2016: Daydreaming with Stanely Kubrick, June- August 2016,
Somerset House. Curated by James Lavelle and James Putnam.
2015: Art Barter, Art Licks
2014: DOM, Gazelli Art House
2012: Art Barter at Subway Gallery
2010: Farsetti Arte, Milan
2018: Photo London, Somerset House
2016: Photo London, Somerset House
2015: Photo London, Somerset House
2014: Art Basel Hong Kong
2014: Istanbul Art Fair
The Silent Man, a short film supported by Gazelli Art House and Quad Films staring Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena, Nymphomaniac), Simon Amstell (Nevermind the Buzzcocks, Black Pond), Cillian Murphy (Sunshine, Inception) and Ben Miller (Jonny English).
2019: Wasted Self, Food Bigger than the Plate & Symposium, V&A
For Frieze Art Fair - In and Out Of Space was displayed on the façade of 90-94 Piccadilly and Cambridge House. The series was commissioned to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s death.
2018: FIBRA, Colombia