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Thursday, May 22, 2008

David Shrigley art: pictures with something to SAY

Executioner, David Shrigley
Today my heart is filled with such joy, David Shrigley

Art Lover, David Shrigley

Buddha is carried off by ants, David Shrigley

Who's Underneath?, David Shrigley

What I Learned

Boring Nature, David Shrigley

Water Soluble, David Shrigley

All of this is real, David Shrigley

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Parts of the fist, David Shrigley

If my skull were found by primitive peoples, David Shrigley

As you can see, I'm really impressed by this artist, David Shringley. This is just the tip of the iceberg of his huge amount of work, all very funny and thoughtful (from what I've seen so far). I love that he's eliminated color, and the connection between text and picture is not only essential, but makes both the text and the picture more powerful. The simplicity is childlike, and recalls a nand-drawn comic book, and I wonder if there's not a sort of argument regarding "graphic novels" like those by Daniel Clowes, Jeff Smith, Charles Burns, Marjane Satrapi, David B., and so on. The works by these authors unifies drawing and text beautifully and creatively, often with an odd humor like Shringley exudes here. It also recalls the one panel comics from the internet like Suicide Bunny and Toothpaste for Dinner.com (see my other blog entries!), which is a sort of funny vernacular for serious art. Any way you slice it, it's strange and intriguing and I really like it.

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