Ever since the Charlie Hebdo incident, there has been an ongoing global dialogue about freedom of expression in the arts and literature. I saw an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria that featured an artist who probably never heard of the words self censorship. David Shrigley’s humorous and deliberately crude drawings paper the walls of his exhibition Life and Life Drawing.
The Glasgow-based artist has a serious case of visual diarrhea. His drawings just seem to spew out of him. No second guessing, no deliberation and certainly no thought to ‘good taste’. However I enjoyed this show tremendously – it was refreshing to see an artist who does not take life, or himself, too seriously.
But seriously – we need a little fun and light in our increasingly dark world. The Shrigley exhibit also contained a large space set up as a life drawing class, complete with easels and chairs, newsprint paper and charcoal, and a central nude model. Only the model was a fabricated cartoonish, larger-than- life male model peeing into a bucket. I couldn’t resist having a go at capturing the moment:
So sharpen your pencils, lighten up and let yourselves express freely, liberally. Throw caution to the wind. And if anyone objects, you know what Shrigley would say about that….
I’d love to hear what you think of this art, and if you think this is art at all, or art that belongs in a major national gallery?
MY NEXT BLOG POST WILL BE FROM FRANCE WHERE I WILL BE SPENDING A MONTH AT AN ARTIST RESIDENCY IN DINAN, BRITTANY. A BIENTOT! WHO KNOWS WHAT CREATIVE URGES WILL COME MY WAY…