From May 5th to June 17th 2006
It is a great pleasure for Galleri Nicolai Wallner to present "Fish,
frogs, men", an exhibition with etchings, woodcuts and silkscreen
by David Shrigley. The exhibition includes four series and one single
print by David Shrigley published by Galleri Nicolai Wallner during
the last 6 years. Shrigley's new animation "Who I am and what
I want" will also be screened during the exhibition. The animation
has recently won awards at several prestigious venues including
Rotterdam Film Festival.
David Shrigley works with drawing, animation, photography and sculpture.
His work is marked by a bleak humour that below the surface reveals
thoughtful truths about the human condition.
The works - at times seemingly frustrated or bordering the absurd
- comment either Shrigley's own life or our world in general. Social
indignation plays no small part in the creation of the works or
in the way that the artist sees his role within society.
The etchings and woodcuts are done in a way that at first glance
looks casual or even awkward. However the marked lines and expressive
arrangement of forms point to a very conscious way of working within
certain aesthetic boundaries. The works are created from a process
of reduction - the end result comparable to that of a sign in its
lack of anything superfluous. It communicates its meaning through
the simplest of means - all the more effective due to the immediate
way it is read.
For the new series Shrigley has utilised different techniques including
woodcut, silkscreen, etching, aquatint, and differently sized printing
plates. Each of the techniques adds an own peculiar mood and texture
to the works. The woodcuts are harsh in their direct imagery. The
etchings focus on detail and narrative.
David Shrigley has shown extensively at galleries and museums in
Europe and America including solo shows at Musée d'Art Moderne
et Contemporain (Geneva), UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), and
Kunsthaus Zürich. The series of 22 woodcuts is in the permanent
collection of MOMA New York and will be part of the exhibition "Eye
on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples, 1960 to Now" at opening
in October 2006.
We are happy to welcome you in the gallery.
With kind regards,
Galleri Nicolai Wallner