David Shrigley fans, take note: Shrigley will be signing copies of his new book What the Hell Are You Doing? The Essential David Shrigley TONIGHT at 7pm atÂ Quimbyâ€™s Bookstore, 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago. Tomorrow night, he’ll be speaking at Columbia College Chicago’s Stage Two from 6:30pm – 9:30pm, 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor. Quimbyâ€™s will be there both nights to sell the hell out of his books. Should be good! And stay tuned over the coming months for Duncan’s interview with Shrigley on the podcast (dates still TBD). Full details on tonight and tomorrow’s events below:
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? The Essential David Shrigley
â€œDavid Shrigley is probably the funniest gallery-type artist who ever
lived.â€ -Dave Eggers
â€œWith a casual gesture Shrigley points to that hideous shape whose
name Iâ€™ve never knownâ€”and then he names it. And the name is
profoundly, embarrassingly familiar. Iâ€™m laughing while frantically
searching for a pen, so desperate to capture the feeling he has
unearthed in me.â€ -Miranda July
David Shrigley is the rare artist that can comfortably walk the fine
line between pop culture and high art. While heâ€™s animated videos for
musicians such as Blur and Bonny Prince Billy, his work can also be
seen in world renowned museums such as MoMA and the Tate Modern, and
his highly distinctive style has been on display in galleries in New
York, Paris, Berlin, Melbourne, and beyond. He is also clearly a
The aptly named WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING: The Essential David
Shrigley [W. W. Norton & Company; October 24th, 2011; $35.00
hardcover] is an outrageous compilation of his illustrations, comics,
photography and sculpture. His crude drawings and unexpected
compositions are at once childish and clever, and each depiction oddly
sincere. They capture the morbid humor of Edward Gorey, the absurdity
of a Monty Python sketch, and the peculiar perspective of a Charles
Addams cartoon. In short, this beautiful, full color collection is an
indispensible introduction to one of contemporary artâ€™s most
fascinating and provocative minds.
The pieces in this book are an eclectic and encompassing
representation of Shirgleyâ€™s interest in the surreal. From a
photograph of a hot dog (affixed with googly eyes and tucked
comfortably into bed) to childlike drawings of humanityâ€™s most
grotesque members (a man drinking a goblet of blood, captioned simply
with â€œCHEERS!â€) this book is a both a celebration of condemnation of
humanityâ€™s most base urges, fears, and delights.
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? is remarkably bold, and Shrigley leaves
no topic untouched. Through colorful commentary, he explores
everything from clowns to caffeine, sexuality to God, and all the
delightfully inappropriate bits in between. You would be hard-pressed
to find, in any other work of art, a match to Shrigleyâ€™s satirical
brilliance. As Will Self points out in the introduction, â€œShrigleyâ€™s
photographic works suggest the refined eye of someone sent back from
the future beyond the looming apocalypse, charged with assembling
images that, while ostensibly of the mundane, nonetheless explain how
it came to pass that humanity destroyed itself.â€ By turns unsettling,
moving, and gut-wrenchingly funny, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING? is a
revealing glimpse into an offbeat, darkly comedic, and utterly
hilarious artistic mind. For more info: davidshrigley.com/.
Tues, Sept 20th, 7pm at Quimbyâ€™s Bookstore 1854 W. North Ave., Chicago
Wed, Sep 21st , 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Columbia College Chicago – Stage
Two 618 S. Michigan Ave., 2nd Floor.â€¦Quimbyâ€™s will be there to sell
These events are co-sponsored by Quimbyâ€™s Bookstore, Columbia College
and AIGA Chicago.
Quimby’s BookstoreÂ Â Â 1854 W. North Ave Chicago, IL 60622Â Â p:
773-342-0910Â f: 773-342-0998Â quimbys.com
Work by Thomas Rowlandson.
Northwestern University Block Museum of Art is located at 40 Arts Circle Dr. Exhibition begins Friday.
Work by Nicholas Knight.
65Grand is located at 1369 W. Grand Ave. Reception is Friday from 7-10pm.
Work by Mike Andrews, Ali Bailey, Jason Robert Bell & Marni Kotak, Nick Black, Daniel Bruttig, Andrew Burkholder, Lilli CarrÃ©, Joseph Cassan, Mariano Chavez, Ryan Travis Christian, Vincent Como, Bruce Conkle, Jean-Louis Costes, Vincent Dermody, Mike Diana, Edie Fake, Scott Fife, R.E.H. Gordon, John Hankiewicz, Keith Herzik, Carol Jackson, Bob Jones, Chris Kerr, David Leggett, Mike Lopez, Teena McClelland, Dutes Miller, Miller & Shellabarger, Joe Miller, Andy Moore, Max Morris, Rachel Niffenegger, William J. Oâ€™Brien, Onsmith, David Paleo, John Parot, Michael Rea, Tyson Reeder, Dan Rhodehamel, Bruno Richard, John Riepenhoff, Kristen Romaniszak, Steve Ruiz, David Sandlin, Mike Schuh, Mindy Rose Schwartz, David Shrigley, Edith Sloat & Sophie Greenstalk, Edra Soto, Ryan Standfest, William Staples, Ben Stone, Bill Thelen, Jeremy Tinder, Sean Townley, Jim Trainor, Anne Van der Linden, Jason Villegas, Sarah Beth Woods, and Aaron Wrinkle.
Western Exhibitions is located at 119 N. Peoria St., suite 2A. Reception is Friday from 5-8pm.
Work by Jason Hanasik.
iceberg projects is located at 7714 N Sheridan Rd. Reception is Saturday from 6-9pm.
Work by Sean Fader.
Johalla Projects is located at 1561 N Milwaukee Ave. Reception is Sunday from 7-11pm.
David Shrigley’s new ad for saving the arts in Britain is signifigently more entertaining and endearing than I had thought it would be. Tracey Emin putting out a fire? Hilarious.