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David Shrigley: Brain Activity
Text by Cliff Lauson, Martin Herbert, Jonathan Monk. Interview by Dave Eggers.
David Shrigley’s existential-comic sensibility takes form across many mediums, from photography and sculpture to animation and drawingsBest known for his wry and witty drawings, British artist David Shrigley has built up an artistic practice that, over the past two decades, has expanded well beyond drawing to include photography, sculpture, neon signs, animation, painting, printmaking, publishing and music. Shrigley finds humor in flat depictions of the inconsequential and the bizarre, qualities that he heightens through a deliberately limited technique. In this unusually complete look at the much-loved artist’s diverse approaches, Shrigley is revealed as a master of many media and many kinds of humor, from the black humor for which he is famed to caricature and more slapstick situations. With an immediate and accessible appeal to diverse audiences, Shrigley’s work offers an insightful commentary on the absurdities of human relationships. Published on the occasion of the artist’s first major survey show, at London’s Hayward Gallery, this beautifully produced volume includes a 7” vinyl picture-disc, featuring an exclusive recording by the artist.
David Shrigley was born in Macclesfield, England, in 1968, and studied Environmental Art at the Glasgow School of Art from 1988–1991. As well as authoring numerous books, he directed the video for Blur’s “Good Song” and for Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s “Agnes, Queen of Sorrow.” Between 2005 and 2009, he contributed a cartoon for the U.K. Guardian Weekend magazine every Saturday.
Featured image, "Imagine the Green is Red" (1998) is reproduced from David Shrigley: Brain Activity.
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FROM THE BOOK"I know a lot of people still don't see my work as serious, because it's funny. But then again, I've come to realize that the opposite of seriousness is not humor. The opposite of seriousness is incompetence. It's somebody who isn't really engaged with what they're doing. And the opposite of humor is maybe sadness."
David Shrigley, excerpted from A Long-Distance Conversation between Dave Eggers and David Shrigley, published in Brain Activity.
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Pub Date: 3/31/2012
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