Watch: David Shrigley
Tales of curiosity and misadventure
The work of David Shrigley often focuses on the infiltration of violence and the effects of morbid curiosity on the mundane. He has worked with various media, though he is best known for his mordantly humorous cartoons describing various conditions of ineptitude and the bizarre, and bearing reference to 'Outsider Art'. His films, which have included music videos for Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Blur, are animations of the narratives implicit in the drawings. Tales of curiosity and misadventure, their deadpan humour stay with the viewer long after the last frame has disappeared. Frieze Film presents four short film commissions from some of the most exciting and challenging international artists working today.
For 2007, Frieze Film presents four short film commissions from some of the most exciting and challenging international artists working today. Each film is premiered in the on-site auditorium and broadcast daily on Channel 4 during the week. This year, Frieze Film is curated by Neville Wakefield under the auspices of Frieze Projects, sponsored by BMW and supported by Channel 4 and Arts & Business.
David Shrigley lives and works in Glasgow. His recent solo exhibitions include Bergen Konsthall (2009), Museum Ludwig, Cologne, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, CASM, Barcelona (all 2008); Malmö Konsthall (2007); Zurich Kunsthaus (2004); Camden Arts Centre, London, FRace, Bertagen and UCLA Hammer Museum, LOs Angeles (all 2002). His recent group exhibitions include: 'Life on Mars', 55th Carnegie International Pittsburgh and Laughin in a Foreign Language', Hayward Gallery, London (both 2008), 'Cult Fiction', Hayward Gallery, London and 'Learn to Read', Tate Modern, London (both 2007); 'Spank the Monkey', BLATIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead and 'The Compulsive Line: Etching 1900 to Now', Museum of Modern Art, New York (both 2006).