David Shrigley: Animations

15 May 2013 – 29 Sep 2013

Event times

Wed - Sun 10am - 5pm Sun 11am - 3pm

Cost of entry

Free entry

The Public

West Bromwich, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Located within a few minutes walk of West Bromwich Bus Station and West Bromwich Central Metro Station
  • Nearest train station: Sandwell & Dudley

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2013 Turner Prize nominee, David Shrigley, is well known for his humorous drawings and hand written texts that make witty and wry observations on the human condition and which he regards as the 'easiest way to present the ideas I have'.


He has been described as working in the gap between comic book art and conceptual art, as someone whose work while funny is also tinged with disquieting irony that is often not far away from violence.

His simple graphic style gives his work a direct and ready appeal while simultaneously offering quirky and somewhat surreal insights into the absurdities of everyday life. His work extends to sculpture, photography, neon signs and music but the medium that expands his drawing most effectively is animation.

Shrigley started making animated films in the early 2000s and has speculated on how the added dimensions of sound, movement and time change the message that his static drawings are intended to communicate.

Of the three animations on show, Light Switch presents narrative in its barest form as an unknown figure endlessly flips a light switch on and off. In Laundry Shrigley turns an abnormal visit to the launderette into an allegory about authority and resistance and in Conveyor Belt the whole of life passes by rhythmically into eventual oblivion.

Gallery opening times:
Wednesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday, 11am - 3pm
* During the school holidays we will be open 10am - 5pm, Monday to Saturday, 11am - 3pm on Sunday.

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