Installation Views

This is an installation view of the solo exhibition “FLUFF WAR” by artist David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the solo exhibition “FLUFF WAR” by artist David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the solo exhibition “FLUFF WAR” by artist David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the solo exhibition “FLUFF WAR” by artist David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the solo exhibition “FLUFF WAR” by artist David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the solo exhibition “FLUFF WAR” by artist David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the solo exhibition “FLUFF WAR” by artist David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the solo exhibition “FLUFF WAR” by artist David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.This is an installation view of the solo exhibition “FLUFF WAR” by artist David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery, New York.
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Works

This is a neon sculpture titled WEAR SHOES/DO NOT WEAR SHOES by artist David Shrigley made in 2019.This is a neon sculpture titled FLUFF WAR by artist David Shrigley made in 2019.This is a work on paper titled Untitled (document) by artist David Shrigley made in 2019. The materials are acrylic and oil bar on paper, and the dimensions are 41.35 inches by 29.125 inches. This is a work on paper titled Untitled (Poster for the exhibition) by artist David Shrigley made in 2019. The materials are acrylic and oil bar on paper, and the dimensions are 41.35 inches by 29.125 inches. This is a work on paper titled Untitled (Massive Illegal Rave) by artist David Shrigley made in 2019. The materials are acrylic and oil bar on paper, and the dimensions are 41.35 inches by 29.125 inches. This is a work on paper titled Untitled (My Dog / £25 To Watch Her Sleep) by artist David Shrigley made in 2019. The materials are ink on paper and the dimensions are 29.95 inches by 22.075 inches. This is a work on paper titled Untitled (Wig Drop) by artist David Shrigley made in 2019. The materials are ink on paper and the dimensions are 11.6 inches by 8.25 inches. This is a work on paper titled Untitled (Now Volcano) by artist David Shrigley made in 2019. The materials are Acrylic and oil bar on paper, and the dimensions are 41.32 inches by 29.125 inches. This is a work on paper titled Untitled (Exhibition of Dirt) by artist David Shrigley made in 2019. The materials are Acrylic and oil bar on paper, and the Paper Dimensions are 41.32 by 29.125 inches.This is a work on paper titled Untitled (Cheers) by artist David Shrigley. The materials are ink on paper and the dimensions are 29.7 cm by 21 cm. This is a work on paper titled Untitled (Candidates) by artist David Shrigley. The materials are ink on paper and the dimensions are 39.7 cm by 21 cm.This is a work on paper titled Untitled (Absolutely no problem at all) by artist David Shrigley. The materials are ink on paper and the dimensions are 29.7 cm by 21 cm.

Press Release

David Shrigley

FLUFF WAR

April 25 –
June 15, 2019

In his seventh solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, entitled FLUFF WAR, British artist David Shrigley presents a large-scale kinetic sculpture, two neon sculptures, and 100 new drawings.

As visitors approach the gallery, they are greeted by a two-part magenta neon sign bearing contradictory instructions: one reads “WEAR SHOES” and the other “DO NOT WEAR SHOES”. The storefront window signage will seem perfectly at home to a passerby, as the gallery is located in New York’s famed Fifth Avenue shopping district. Here you are initiated into the world of David Shrigley.

Inside, further into the space, is another neon sign announcing that you have entered the arena of “FLUFF WAR”, the exhibition’s eponymous work. The structure of FLUFF WAR is a ten foot by ten foot square enclosure akin to a miniature soccer stadium or a giant air hockey table. Trapped inside are clusters of black wooly fluff being blown about a smooth white floor by gusts of wind coming in through surrounding vents.

War is a cheeky misnomer for what the fluff is engaged in. Incapable of exerting its own will, the fluff is at the whim of hidden fans, randomly sequenced by a computer program, blowing at varying intervals and strengths. It remains unclear which fluff is winning or losing, what the objective is, or if there is one at all. Regardless, one can easily become an enraptured observer of this nonsensical activity.

David’s new drawings continue in his tradition of combining image and text to deliver comically deadpan messages that resonate on philosophical, ethical, and political levels. The large color works rendered in acrylic and oil bar read immediately like signs or advertisements, while the small black ink drawings are graphically complex, and invite the viewer to inspect closely. The benign declarations and mischievous wishes in Shrigley’s works express the pathos, tedium, irony, and oftentimes ridiculousness of everyday life.

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