Art lovers staying at hotel accommodation in London over the coming months could be tempted to pay a visit to the Hayward Gallery, located within the Southbank Centre on the River Thames, to see David Shrigley’s new exhibition.
Known for his humorous drawings that make keen observations on modern society and culture, the Glasgow artist opened Brain Activity – his first major show in London – last Wednesday (February 1st).
Spanning the upper galleries at Hayward, the exhibition includes new artwork and site specific installations and moves beyond the artist’s best known medium of drawing to also feature books, sculpture, animation, painting and music.
Reviewing the show for the London Evening Standard, art critic Ben Luke praised the artist’s ability to express his ideas through simple, succinct pieces.
“Shrigley’s drawings, paintings, sculpture and animations often look as if they are thrashed out in seconds yet reflect a precisely honed aesthetic,” he said.
“The drawings – his purest and best form of expression – are awkward in line and accompanied by a childlike scrawl, a style whose skewedness immaculately matches his abject thoughts.”
The artist’s works range from the darkly comic to the absurd, explained the critic.
“As you step into the lift that takes you to the Hayward Gallery’s top floor, you hear David Shrigley’s imagining of a monkey’s recollections,” he recounted.
“‘Do you remember those days,’ says a smoky, film-noir voice, over lounge jazz, ‘when we would copulate whenever we liked, and defecate wherever we chose?’ It’s a great stage setter for this exhibition.”
Shrigley has also authored several books during his career, directed music videos for the likes of Blur and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and contributes a cartoon for The Guardian’s Weekend magazine every Saturday.
The exhibition runs until May 13th with tickets priced at £10.