David Shrigley

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Stephen Friedman Gallery is pleased to present David Shrigley’s eighth
solo exhibition at the gallery, marking a long and fruitful collaboration over
two decades. The British artist expands his conceptual practice with a
new body of work comprising an interactive installation, large-scale neon
and clock. A selection of works on paper will also be released online
during the show. Characteristically deadpan in their humour, these quickwitted drawings satirise everyday occurrences and conversations.

The
exhibition precedes Shrigley’s major survey project, which opens at K
Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea in December 2021.
The evolving installation ‘Mayfair Tennis Ball Exchange’ transforms the
two spaces of Gallery 1. Visitors are invited to bring an old ball to swap
with a new one from the numerous shelves that line the walls. Gradually
the rows of yellow spheres are replaced with misshapen and discoloured
forms that represent the joy of trade. Discussing the origins of this work,
Shrigley explains: “My dog likes tennis balls. I throw them and she chases
them. [Her interest is] more about exchange than possession.”

Toying with notions of commerce and community, the installation
interrupts expectations of a gallery context. Participants are rewarded
with a pin badge decorated with its title, in Shrigley’s distinctive
handwriting. This text also appears in the gallery window in green neon
letters that amplify the feel of a high street shopfront. Co-opting the
aesthetic of a sign or advertisement, the ambiguous string of words
undermines its informative format with mischievous humour.

The disruption to formal hierarchies embodied by the works in Gallery 1
shifts in the second space. A large-scale digital clock in the practical style
of those at train stations or airports is visible from the street, mounted on
the back wall. Although local time is set correctly, the display is illegibly
out of focus. Whilst this useless object can be appreciated for its pure
absurdity, it also hints at a slippage between personal experience and
social consensus. Sparked by the artist’s own diminishing eyesight, the
work speaks to those excluded from everyday conventions.
The exhibition is also accompanied by a film narrated by Shrigley, which
documents the installation of works in the gallery.

David Shrigley was born in 1968 in Macclesfield, UK. He lives and works
in Brighton and Devon, UK.
Though widely recognised for his distinctive drawing style, Shrigley’s
practice spans an extensive range of media including sculpture, largescale installation, animation, painting, photography and music. The artist
consistently seeks to widen his audience by operating outside the gallery
sphere, including producing artist publications and creating collaborative
music projects.

Shrigley was a Turner Prize nominee in 2013, following his major midcareer retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London titled ‘Brain Activity’.
In September 2016, his monumental sculpture ‘Really Good’ was unveiled
in Trafalgar Square, London for the Fourth Plinth Commission. From 2015
to 2018 the British Council-organised exhibition ‘Lose Your Mind’ travelled
to six venues including Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China; Storage by
Hyundai Card in Seoul, Korea and Instituto-Cultural-Cabañas in
Guadalajara, Mexico. In January 2020 Shrigley was awarded the
decoration of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or
OBE.

His works are included in prominent collections internationally, including
Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois;
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich,
Germany; Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark; ThyssenBornemisza Contemporary Art Foundation, Vienna, Austria; Scottish
National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland; Tate, London,
England; British Council, London, England and National Gallery of
Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

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