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This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Signs” featuring works by David Shrigley in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Signs” featuring works by David Shrigley in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Signs” featuring works by David Shrigley in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Signs” featuring works by David Shrigley in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Signs” featuring works by David Shrigley in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Signs” featuring works by David Shrigley in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Signs” featuring works by David Shrigley in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Signs” featuring works by David Shrigley in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.This is an installation view of the exhibition titled “Signs” featuring works by David Shrigley in 2013 at Anton Kern Gallery.
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This is a neon sculpture titled Hot Dog Repair by artist David Shrigley made in 2013. The dimensions are 13.75 inches by 25.25 inches by 2 inches. This is a sculpture titled Other Side by artist David Shrigley made in 2012. The materials are Acrylic on plywood with steel armature, and the dimensions are 12 inches by 16.5 inches by 0.25 inches. This is a neon light titled Backwards Burgersby artist David Shrigley made in 2013. The dimensions are 26 inches by 27.5 inches by 2 inches. This is a work titled I Found a Shoe by artist David Shrigley made in 2012. The materials are Acrylic on plywood with steel armature, and the dimensions are 16.5 inches by 16.5 inches by 0.25 inches.This is a work titled ABCD... by artist David Shrigley made in 2012. The materials are Unique linocut print, and the dimensions are 41.4 inches by 28.4 inches.This is a sculpture titled Ornaments by artist David Shrigley made in 2012. The materials are bronze on wood, and the dimensions are 5.5 inches by 35 inches by 2 inches. This is a sculpture titled Words (1) by artist David Shrigley made in 2012. The materials are bronze and patina, and the dimensions are 15 inches by 63 inches by 2.5 inches. This is a sculpture titled Cat (It's OK, It's Not OK)s by artist David Shrigley made in 2012. The materials are Acrylic on canvas stuffed with foam, and the dimensions are 17.5 inches by 10.5 inches by 4.5 inches. This is a sculpture titled Clocks by artist David Shrigley made in 2012. The materials are bronze and wood, and the dimensions are 5.5 inches by 26 inches by 2 inches. This is a sculpture titled Eat Fungi by artist David Shrigley made in 2012. The materials are Acrylic on plywood with steel armature, and the dimensions are 16.75 inches by 16.4 inches by 0.25 inches. This is a sculpture titled Rats/Mice by artist David Shrigley made in 2012. The materials are Light box and acrylic paint, and the dimensions are 5.925 inches by 17.25 inches by 4.75 inches. This is a work titled News: New Things Found Yesterday by artist David Shrigley made in 2012. The materials are Unique linocut print, and the dimensions are 41.4 inches by 28.4 inches.

Press Release

David Shrigley

Signs

January 10 –
February 16, 2013

December 18—In this fifth solo exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery, entitled Signs, Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley surrounds a large black gong sculpture positioned in the center of the gallery with a variety of signs, such as flags, scrolls and banners, neon and cast bronze texts, as well as lino-cut and letterset texts and poems. As the sound of a gong usually signals a special moment (e.g. waking, eating, starting a movie, or ending a yoga session), Shrigley’s sculptural rendering of the percussion instrument sets the tone for the artist’s insightful exploration of semiotics, the study of signs and the relation between signs and the things to which they refer.

 

To his word strategies, Shrigley adds a key ingredient, the concept of the sign and its origin in agreement or convention (such as full stop signifying the end of a sentence). For a sign to have any effect it must be based on common attitudes. Making signs, as opposed to hand-drawn works on paper, enables Shrigley to expand his techniques, e.g. the recognition of unexpected shifts in viewpoints, or the collision of different frames of reference, into a wider, more public range. He turns the sign inside out as if reverting it to an earlier state of innocence where conventions were not yet fully formed. A neon sign reading “Hot Dog Repair” not only combines disparate terms (the ephemeral with the permanent) in a surprising way but also presents itself in the authoritative shape of a shop sign and thereby turning the agreed-upon convention of what is a reasonable and generally accepted service topsy-turvy.

 

Similarly, Shrigley’s lino-cut, letterset poems and texts, reminiscent of word-related art ranging from Concrete Poetry to Christopher Wool’s paintings, present characteristic Shrigleyesque thoughts however much less individualized (no handwriting) but rather subversively conventionalized (cut out and printed letters). Stepping away from the markedly handmade towards the more indirect and mechanized process of sign-making lifts the works in this exhibition onto a new level of humor as semiotic critique. Shrigley’s signs commandingly undermine their own presumed authority. A sense of liberation prevails!

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