The Atom of Sleep is Diffusion

The Atom of Sleep is Diffusion (2017-2018)

The Atom of Sleep is Diffusion was a phrase used by 17th century homeopathic physician, James John Garth Wilkinson to distinguish between states of what he refers to as common sleep, hypnotism, and mesmerism. This body of work uses the problem of sleep as a jumping off point for meditating on themes of psycho-geography, and well being. Large scale paintings as island-like objects are installed within the viewer’s space. The architecture of the space is used to construct a viewing experience which attempts to mimic the emotive values and qualities of the painting’s surface. For example, wedging the work in to the wall to create tension, backing the work up to the wall, creating a void space, or placing it within the physical space of the gallery to allow it to reveal itself. A suite of works on paper accompany the paintings.  A hypnotic audio induction prepares viewers for sleep. 


Charlesworth’s paintings eye you like a chorus - emotive and aesthetic, tender but authoritative in his space. It feels like the paintings are both participants and witnesses to our discussions on place, intimacy, and islands.”

-Megan Quigley

Installation Image: Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, 2018

Installation Image: Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, 2018

Installation Image: Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, 2018

Installation Image: Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, 2018

Installation Image: Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, 2018

Installation Image: Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, 2018

Installation Image: Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, 2018

Installation Image: Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, 2018

Installation Image: Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, 2018

Installation Image: Audain Gallery, University of Victoria, 2018

"The Atom of Sleep is Diffusion (After Goya)" , Oil and graphite on paper, 22 x 30, 2018.

"The Atom of Sleep is Diffusion (After Goya)", Oil and graphite on paper, 22 x 30, 2018.

"Untitled (Hummingbirds)",  Oil on paper, 22 x 30", 2018.

"Untitled (Hummingbirds)", Oil on paper, 22 x 30", 2018.

Video walkthrough, ©Exhibit-v