How are you feeling? The exhibition features a range of drawings, paintings, sculpture and never-seen-before live performance. For this exhibition, Shrigley offers art-therapy to visitors to help them cope with 'an increasingly crazy and poorly signposted world'.
curated by Mike Chavez-Dawson
This October, Cornerhouse is delighted to present a major exhibition of new and recent work by acclaimed artist David Shrigley. HOW ARE YOU FEELING? will feature a range of drawings, paintings, sculpture and never-seen-before live performance. Taking visitors on a skewed, cathartic journey through the clever, amusing and raw world of David Shrigley, this extraordinary exhibition will offer an unequalled, live and interactive experience.
‘How Are You Feeling?’ is a familiar phrase often used in self-help, psychiatry and the diagnosis of psychosis. For this exhibition, Shrigley offers art-therapy to visitors to help them cope with “an increasingly crazy and poorly signposted world”.
Alongside the works on display in the galleries, the artist will also direct local actors to present a series of unique and often participatory performance-based works at set times and dates. Other exhibition highlights include a ‘show and tell’ lecture by David Shrigley on 13 October, and tours led by one of Britain’s most loved comedians, Harry Hill, on 01 December 2012.
Shrigley adds “I’m very happy to be showing at Cornerhouse. I think they are going to let me do whatever I want there. I may destroy parts of the building and re-build them in an interesting way. I will bring all my skills to the task; I may also use witchcraft. I feel a strong bond with the people from Manchester – I may have lived here in a former life. I think the people of Manchester are very exotic and interesting and I am excited to be amongst them.”
David Shrigley is best known for his canny, farcical and deliberately dysfunctional cartoon-like drawings that observe everyday fears of the human condition and conventional social matters. Finding humour in the bizarre and inconsequential with immediate and attainable appeal, his work often asks questions about the nature of contemporary art and its audience. He has had an international career spanning two decades and had a weekly cartoon in The Guardian’s Weekend Magazine.
The exhibition will be preceded by a 12-day residency at Cornerhouse, where the artist will create new works that respond to the Manchester gallery spaces.
HOW ARE YOU FEELING? is curated by artist Mike Chavez-Dawson.
David Shrigley (b.1968) lives and works in Glasgow. He has had solo exhibitions at international venues including UCLA Hammer Museum of Los Angeles, Kunsthaus Zürich, Malmö Konsthall, Museum Ludwig, Camden Arts Centre and the CCA Glasgow. His work was featured weekly in The Guardian from 2005 to 2009 and he has had a number of books of his work published, most recently the retrospective What the Hell Are You Doing?:The Essential David Shrigley. He collaborated with animator Chris Shepherd on the film Who I am and What I Want in 2005. Worried Noodles, a CD released in 2007, features settings of the lyrics from his book Worried Noodles – the Empty Sleeve by artists as diverse as David Byrne, Franz Ferdinand and TV on the Radio.
Mike Chavez-Dawson (b.1974) lives and works in Manchester, UK, and is currently undertaking a PhD by practice at MIRIAD. Chavez-Dawson was the Visual Arts Editor and founding FLUX SPACE curator of FLUX MAGAZINE. And had curated the critically acclaimed touring show Unrealised Potential and more recently Magda Archer: Crazy Mad for the Cornerhouse. He has shown and performed at; KRAAK Gallery Manchester, Project Space Leeds, The Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, Barbican London, British Art Show 7 Nottingham Contemporary, TATE Britain London, The Whitstable Biennale Kent, The Embassy Edinburgh, VOID Derry, KEAF 2010 Korea, Base Gallery San Francisco. His work will feature in the forthcoming edition of the publication and digital download TEXT/ART ANTHOLOGY.
Image: Black Heart (2012), Glazed ceramic, 50 x 63 x 44 cm
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Gallery opening times: Mon: Closed, Tue – Sat: 12.00 – 20.00, Sun: 12.00 – 18.00