David Shrigley

British, Turner Prize nominated, artist David Shrigley is probably best known for his humorous drawn observations on everyday life. Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery was his first major survey show in London and covered his diverse practise including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, books, animation and sound/music. Although the body of work is largely humorous, we avoided any obvious design-gags in the catalogue and had conversations with David and Hayward Director Ralph Rugoff, about the brilliance of the contrast in great comedy double acts, mirrored in this case by David and the Hayward. We used the metaphor of the formal space of the Hayward, and the white space in a traditional artists catalogue, as the ‘straight guy’ in this pairing. With so many of the works, having an undeniable humorous element to them our formal treatment provided structure and pace to book. The intention was to show the various mediums in the best way possible in print, so a series of stills represent animations an the drawings, that are always collaged into the exhibition space, are shown in a tessellating grid. Our design also featured a 7” Vinyl picture disc with two new pieces of music, and drawings, by David. It came housed in a clear sleeve, screen printed in red with book title and acts like the books cover and then as an edition in it’s own right.

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