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David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

October 14, 2017, to January 21, 2018

David Shrigley “The Artist” 2012
Animation 2 min. 24 sec.
Courtesy: Artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

We are pleased to announce that Art Tower Mito is holding Japan’s first large-scale solo exhibition of the work of acclaimed British artist David Shrigley, known for his darkly humorous take on everyday situations.
David Shrigley works in a wide range of media, including drawing, animation, sculpture and photography. He moves easily between the worlds of high art and popular culture, collaborating with high-profile musicians and fashion brands, whilst also producing political cartoons and public artworks.
The provocative title of the exhibition, “Lose Your Mind,” can be seen as an expression of a unique sense of humour that is present through the entire oeuvre of Shrigley. For the first time in Japan, the exhibition, presented in partnership with the British Council, comprehensively introduces the diverse activities of the artist, presenting an immensity of his drawings, darkly humorous animations, surreal sculptures and conceptual works that gently undermine the seriousness of art. Additionally, a balloon replica of his public artwork Really Good, which has been gaining attention since it was unveiled at Trafalgar Square in London in autumn 2016, will have its world premiere at the exhibition. Enjoy the world of David Shrigley, illuminated by dark humour, which, one may say, is unique to British culture.



Courtesy: Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

David Shrigley

David Shrigley is an acclaimed and widely popular contemporary British artist who was born in Macclesfield in the north of England in 1968. He studied at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and now lives in Brighton in southeast England. He was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2013 and, in 2016, his seven metre tall bronze sculpture Really Good showing an elongated ‘thumb’s up,’ was selected for one of the most important public art commissions in the UK - the ‘fourth plinth’ in Trafalgar Square. Shrigley is best known for his drawings, which make witty observations about situations in everyday life. His work taps into a particularly British sense of humour and is regularly reproduced in magazines, and on T-shirts, badges and greetings cards. He has been described as ‘one of only a few artists who manages to have one foot planted firmly in popular culture, with his cartoons and his books, which have a cult following, and another foot firmly in the art world. He can span these spheres with ease.’



David Shrigley
Ostrich
2009
Taxidermy ostrich
195 x 160 x 95cm
Courtesy: Artist and the British Council Collection
Photo: Stephen White

David Shrigley
Cheers
2007
Waders with foam
145 x 45 x 58cm
Courtesy: Artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London


David Shrigley
The Artist
2014
Three robots, motor, and wig
Dimensions variable
Courtesy: Artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
Photo: NGV Photographic Services

David Shrigley
Untitled (blue bug with black eyes)
2007
Monoprint
100 x 70cm
Courtesy: Artist and the British Council Collection


David Shrigley
Insects – Untitled (413 sculptures)
2007
Steel, enamel paint
Dimensions variable
Courtesy: Artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
Photo: Marcos García

Installation view of ‘David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind’, 2015, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico
Photo: Marcos García


David Shrigley
New Leaf
1995
Latex and acrylic paint
90 x 60 x 1 cm
Courtesy: Artist and the British Council Collection

David Shrigley
Headless Drummer
2012
Animation
1 min.
Courtesy: Artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London



Outline

Title

David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind


Venue

Contemporary Art Gallery


Dates

10/14/2017-1/21/2018


Closed

Mondays (except 8 January, public holiday) and 9 January and New Year Holidays 27 December-3 January


Open Hours

9:30-18:00 (no admittance after 17:30)


Admission

¥800 (¥600 for advance ticket and group of more than 20 people)
Free of charge for children under 9th grade, seniors over 65, the disabled and one accompanying attendant


One-year Pass

¥1000: High Teen Pass “H.T.P.” for youth between the ages of 15 and 19
¥2500: Adult Pass for those aged 20 and over


Organized by

Mito Arts Foundation in partnership with the British Council


Grant

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation


Support

Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd., YUMIKO CHIBA ASSOCIATES


Curated by

Yuu Takehisa (Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito) with Katrina Schwarz and Claire Feeley (the British Council)




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Artist Talk

October 14 (Sat.), 2017

David Shrigley talks about his practice.

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English Lessons through “Lose Your Mind”

November 25 (Sat.), 2017, to January 8 (Mon.), 2018

In this original programme for the exhibition, participants take part in fun English lessons organised around the exhibits. The lessons will be led by a Japan-based English teacher from the UK, who is experienced in teaching students of all ages. The content of lessons will vary depending on the age group, from basic activities for communicating in English using pictures, to understanding some of the language and humour in David Shrigley's work. Participants of all abilities are most welcome, including beginners in English!

Dates: ① Saturday, 25 November, for high school students and adults
    ② Saturday, 2 December, for primary school 1st–4th graders
    ③ Monday, Public Holiday, 8 January 2018, for primary school 5th graders–junior high school 3rd graders
Time: 11:00-12:00 *Class② finishes at 11:45.

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David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

Programme for Children 「UK? OK! ZK!」

November 19 (Sun.), 2017

Gallery tour combined with a handicraft workshop for preschoolers and primary school children.

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Art Bus 2017

November 16 (Thu.), 2017, to November 24 (Fri.), 2017

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This project is a combined program of appreciation of the exhibition and workshop for expressing one’s feelings in words, designed for elementary and junior high school children in Mito City. The art center provides a shuttle bus for the transit service of participants. They are divided into small groups, and each group makes a guided tour with trained staff, mostly university students.

* Applications are based on a school as a unit.

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Gallery Tour for Family with Babies

December 6 (Wed.), 2017, to December 8 (Fri.), 2017

The staff or volunteers guide visitors through the exhibition. A workshop is held for children and their parent(s).

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Session! - Gallery Tour with the visually impaired

December 9 (Sat.), 2017, to January 13 (Sat.), 2018

This tour, which is guided by SHIRATORI Kenji, who is blind, has been held since 2010. Formed into a pair or group of a mixture of blind or partially sighted individuals and people of normal vision, participants are invited to experience the exhibition by sharing thoughts and impression through a conversation.

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Pre-school Programme

January 11 (Thu.), 2018, to January 17 (Wed.), 2018

Gallery tour combined with a handicraft workshop designed for older children of kindergartens and nursery schools in Mito City. For more information, please contact the office.

*Applications are based on a pre-school as a unit.

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David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

Weekend Gallery Talk

October 28 (Sat.), 2017, to January 21 (Sun.), 2018

Venue Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito

CAC (Contemporary Art Center) gallery volunteer talkers guide visitors to explore the exhibition together.

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