Shrigley's iconic aesthetic is recognised on a global scale. His humorous line and text drawings, for which he is most widely known, are at once both celebratory and derisive, seeking to explore everything from the mundane to the sublime.
For his Frieze presentation, Shrigley will transform the gallery's stand, erecting a three metre high metal fence around sections of its perimeter. Cage, or jaillike in form, the gridded fence will limit access to the commercial activity normally contained within the space. Viewers seeking to enter will be forced to stoop down and pass through a small, child-sized gate. Displayed within the interior are both works on paper and new sculptures, emblematic of Shrigley's unique sense of the absurd. From a taxidermy puppy holding up a sign which reads ‘I'm Dead' to a freakishly long bronze finger, the artist proffers a witty commentary on everyday life, death and all that falls in between.
David Shrigley will be in attendance on the stand on the professional view day and first public day. Visitors during these times will have the opportunity to be tattooed by the artist. There will be no charge for the tattoo; instead participants will be given the option to make a donation to charity. To see a film of the event, please click here.
David Shrigley (b. 1968 Macclesfield) lives and works in Glasgow. He has exhibited widely at public institutions with recent solo exhibitions including David Shrigley, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (2009); David Shrigley, Monotypien, Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2008); David Shrigley,
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2008); David Shrigley, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, Burgos (2007) and Everything Must Have a Name, Konsthall, Malmo (2007).
Recent group exhibitions include Rude Britannia, Tate Britain, London (2010); Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, Glasgow, Scotland (2010); Life on Mars - 55th Carnegie International (curated by Douglas Fogle), Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2008) and Laughing in a Foreign Language, Hayward Gallery, London (2008). His work is held in permanent collections worldwide, including Tate Collection, UK; Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow; Arts Council collection, UK; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Caja de Ahorros Municipal de Burgos, Burgos; New Art Gallery, Walsall and Malmo Konsthall.
A new book entitled ‘What The Hell Are You Doing: The Essential David Shrigley' is published this month by Canongate and offers a definitive collection of the artist's work.