Animate exhibition series presents animations by the British artist David Shrigley in Darkroom 10 June – 4 September 2011

MEDIA PREVIEW on Wednesday, 8 June 2011, at 11 am, at the Turku Art Museum, Aurakatu 26, Turku.
The artist will be present.

The summer exhibition in the Animate series presents work by David Shrigley (b. 1968) from Glasgow. Shrigley is a visual artist who works with drawing, sculpture and texts on themes that reflect everyday life. He has had numerous exhibitions, but has also created public artworks. Comics is also a medium close to Shrigley's heart. Given the possibility to add music to a combination of narrativity and insight, it is only natural that the artist who considers drawing a tool for thinking decided to start making animations a few years ago. The people and objects in Shrigley's art are easily recognisable, although the world he creates is not always quite compatible with reality. Shrigley's pieces are humoristic, sometimes snappish, yet they often contain candid truths. The works arise from the artist's curiosity. The question seems to hover in the air: What if...? Studio at the Turku Art Museum presents a selection of David Shrigley's hand-drawn black-and-white animations from the past few years. The total duration of the films is just under half an hour.

In Laundry (2006, 2:44 min) a man takes a horse to a laundry and turns on the washer – with the horse inside! The dialogue in the laundry is brusque, both sides are convinced of their own truth. The march music in New Friends (2006, 1:20 min) creates a sober and dignified mood. Everyone in the marching line is identical, until the inevitable happens. The new friends and the merry mood may be a surprise for the viewer, yet no one is allowed to stand out. In The Door (2007, 3:07 min), Robert wants to know how he came to the world. His father answers the questions patiently, but the tapping foot reveals his embarrassment. In a dream, Robert finds a door and gets a surprise.

In addition to humorous dialogue, Shrigley uses familiar situations and repetition in his work. Light Switch (2007, 1:28 min) shows how things are, or could the hand pressing the switch actually be faster?  Shrigley's fast-paced pieces are coutnerbalanced by the slightly longer animation Sleep (2008, 8:01 min), where the gestures are small, the breathing heavy, and the brow occasionally wrinkles. The same sleepy and slightly uneasy mood is picked up in Conveyor belt (2008, 3:07 min). On a moving conveyor belt, we see a bone, a coat rack, a burning candle, a family of stick figures, a tooth passing by... Where are all these things going? And of course we find out! Next comes an obsession. A hand shakes a dice and drops it on the table. The dice should come up a one. Ones (2009, 3:09 min) makes that possible. In The Letter (2010, 2:04 min) we once more follow the movements of a hand. This time it is writing a letter that begins "Dear Mrs Teacher"... The pen and its movements on the paper are riveting.  

ANIMATE exhibition series:
Turku Art Museum Darkroom        
Priit Prn (EE) 28 Jan – 27 Mar        
Turku Anikists (FI) 8 Apr – 29 May                  
David Shrigley (UK) 10 Jun – 4 Sep
Lars Arrhenius (SE) 16 Sep – 13 Nov        
Animation Crank Handle (FI) 18 Nov 2011 – 8 Jan 2012

Pori Art Museum, Media Point
Timo Vaittinen (FI) 30 Sep – 30 Oct
Turku Anikists and Animation Crank Handle (FI) 1–27 Nov 
European contemporary animation, curators Anna Daneri and Stefano Coletto (IT) 29 Nov 2011 – 15 Jan 2012


The Animate exhibition series is part of the Turku 2011 European Capital of Culture Programme. It explores the role of animation as an independent contemporary art form and as part of the visual arts. Animate is a collaboration project between the Turku Art Museum, the Pori Art Museum and the Turku University of Applied Sciences/Animation programme.

Additional information:
Jenny Nybom, Curator
tel. +358 (0)2 262 7094 or +358 (0)50 400 3248

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