ONE OF THE MOST INSTANTLY-RECOGNIZABLE AND INFLUENTIAL ILLUSTRATIVE VISIONS IN THE COUNTRY, DAVID SHRIGLEY HAS ACHIEVED WORLDWIDE RENOWN AND EVEN A TURNER PRIZE NOMINATION; AND ALL THIS FROM A BOY FROM MACCLESFIELD WHO CAN’T DRAW.
This month’s CRACK magazine features an interview with one of the most trendsetting and recognizable illustrators in the country, David Shrigley. His constant focus on the human psyche has led him to create some of the most heart breaking, truthful and often hilarious illustrative works of recent times. In the interview he talks disgruntled Michael Jackson fans, his recent Turner Prize nomination and some of the processes and ideas behind his latest ‘self-help’ book How Are You Feeling?
Being part of a clan Everyone wants to be part of a clan. It’s normal. Human beings are social creatures. Like goats. But there are rules to being part of a clan that must be found-out and adhered-to e.g. playing the pipes, etc.
Food and mood What you eat can change the way you feel. What you eat can change the way you think. Examples: Red Meat – Violence. Potatoes – Apathy. Cakes and sweets – Violence.
Passive Aggressive Maybe you are passive-aggressive. Maybe you should try not to be so fucking passive-aggressive.
David Shrigley wants to help you. Correction: David Shrigley wants to help you to help yourself. The above are extracts of advice from his latest book, How Are You Feeling?, which presents itself as a ‘Self-Help’ book.
A bit rich, you might think. After all, the Glasgow-based Shrigley has become something of a trailblazer when it comes to the very notion of neuroticism. This is a man whose books, drawings, sculptures, site interventions and animations channel the depths of the human condition, as well as the trivialities of day-to-day life, and present them in the most minimal, the most farcical, the most hilarious forms imaginable.
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