David Shrigley
Life and Life Drawing
David Shrigley
Hello there 2012 (still)
animation, sound, 3 min 20 sec
Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery
© David Shrigley

In the summer of 2014 – 15, NGV presents David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing, a comprehensive exhibition – his first in Australia – of new and recent work by the internationally renowned Glasgow-based artist. Shrigley is perhaps best known for his stripped back, darkly humourous and deliberately crude drawings that explore existential dramas, human dysfunction and anxiety.

The exhibition David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing will encompass drawings, paintings, sculpture, animated videos, artist books, and a major new commission for NGV International’s Federation Court. The artist’s omnipresent sense of humour lies at the heart of these works, which are manifest in one liners and tragicomic narratives that reflect on the banality and absurdity of everyday life and objects.

The writer Will Self has recently referred to the ‘bewilderingly complex naiveté’ of Shrigley’s work, which is marked by simplicity and restraint, as a means for the artist ‘to communicate as simply and directly as possible’. Generated intuitively in the artist’s studio, Shrigley completes tens or even hundreds of drawings in one sitting, three quarters of which he ends up destroying in a deliberate process of consideration that belies the seeming spontaneity of the work.


14 Nov 201401 Mar 2015 NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road

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