david shrigley at turku art museum

10 June 2011
Animate exhibition series at Turku Art Museum presents animations by the British artist David Shrigley. Opening on Thursday, 9 June 2011, from 6-8 pm. The artist will be present.

In Laundry (2006, 2:44 min) a man takes a horse to a laundry and turns on the washer - with the horse inside! The march music in New Friends (2006, 1:20 min) creates a sober and dignified mood. Everyone in the marching line is identical, until the inevitable happens. In The Door (2007, 3:07 min), Robert wants to know how he came to the world.

In addition to humorous dialogue, Shrigley uses familiar situations and repetition in his work. Light Switch (2007, 1:28 min) shows how things are, or could the hand pressing the switch actually be faster? Shrigley's fast-paced pieces are coutnerbalanced by the slightly longer animation Sleep (2008, 8:01 min), where the gestures are small, the breathing heavy, and the brow occasionally wrinkles. The same sleepy and slightly uneasy mood is picked up in Conveyor belt (2008, 3:07 min).

The dice should come up a one. Ones (2009, 3:09 min) makes that possible. In The Letter (2010, 2:04 min) we once more follow the movements of a hand. This time it is writing a letter that begins "Dear Mrs Teacher"...
Shrigley combines cartoon and music

Shrigley (b. 1968) is a visual artist who works with drawing, sculpture and texts on themes that reflect everyday life. He has had numerous exhibitions, but has also created public artworks. Comics is also a medium close to Shrigley's heart. Given the possibility to add music to a combination of narrativity and insight, it is only natural that the artist who considers drawing a tool for thinking decided to start making animations a few years ago. The people and objects in Shrigley's art are easily recognisable, although the world he creates is not always quite compatible with reality.

Shrigley's pieces are humoristic, sometimes snappish, yet they often contain candid truths. The works arise from the artist's curiosity. The question seems to hover in the air: What if...? Studio at the Turku Art Museum presents a selection of David Shrigley's hand-drawn black-and-white animations from the past few years. The total duration of the films is just under half an hour.