David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind
David Shrigley is a master of scathing one liners, crudely composed drawings and a creator of strange and amusing objects.
CoCA, with the support of Lane Neave, is proud to present Lose Your Mind by wildly popular British artist David Shrigley, presented in partnership with the British Council. Known for his darkly witty cartoons, Shrigley’s international career has seen him work across a variety of media, including drawing, photography, sculpture, animation, painting, unsettling intervention, spoken-word recordings and pop-music videos.
The British artist's work gained further profile in 2016 after winning the commission for the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. In September he unveiled his bronze sculpture Really Good, a ten-metre-high hand giving a thumbs up.
David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind, a British Council exhibition, shows the breadth of Shrigley’s practice and his darkly witty imaginings. Amongst drawing, sculpture and animated film, key works include Ostrich, 2009, in which a taxidermied bird loses its head; Beginning, Middle and End, 2009, a ‘giant continuous sausage’ crafted from clay that is rolled out and arranged in the gallery; and Cheers, 2007 a pair of fishing waders filled with expanding foam.
With a sense of humour that crosses cultural and language boundaries with ease, David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind is an opportunity to have fun and feel better for it. You will almost certainly laugh, but expect to feel a little unsettled. Shrigley’s work is playful, but it’s challenging too.
The exhibition comes to Christchurch from Seoul, Korea, where the season was extended to satisfy public demand.
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David Shrigley was born in 1968 in Macclesfield, UK. He is now based in Brighton, England.
The artist has a distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. His quick-witted drawings and hand-rendered texts are typically deadpan in their humour and reveal chance utterings like snippets of over-heard conversations.
Re-occurring themes and thoughts pervade his storytelling capturing childlike views of the world, the perspective of aliens and monsters or the compulsive habits of an eavesdropper shouting out loud.