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David Shrigley Brain Activity, Hayward Gallery, London

Cat and mouse

Brain Activity at the Haywood Gallery, London, is the first major UK show of the artist David Shrigley. It is an exhibition of closely linked drawings and sculptures that examine the human condition with his characteristic humour. Shrigley is interested in the 'big themes' such as death and misery as he believes these have the most potential to be comic.

Shrigley's drawings and sculptures are often cartoon-like. The sculptures sometimes appear as though they were made by a amateur although they are highly crafted objects. He explores his subjects with a penetrating and sometimes savage wit disguised by a light touch.

Dead figures

Black boots

Pumpkin and leisure centre

Car bonnet and other

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