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David Shrigley at Anton Kern Gallery

Sorry We Bombed You
All Art By David Shrigley. All Photos By Gail

Do you love the art of humorist /painter David Shrigley? I sure do. Confession: I have a little crush on him. He is amazing, and I worship his art. Anton Kern Gallery is currently hosting a show of new paintings by David Shrigley, the opening reception of which Geoffrey and I excitedly I attended on Thursday, April 16th. I recommend you go see this show while you can.

Gallery Shot

First, I want to show you what the gallery looked like with people in it, so you can see how the works are hung and get an idea of why all of my photos had to be cropped at weird angles. Because I am not 15 feet tall. In case you are not familiar with why David Shrigley completely rules, here is some background on his deal, which I cut and pasted from his Wikipedia entry.

Eat The Bugs

David Shrigley is best known for his mordantly humorous cartoons released in softcover books or postcard packs. He finds humor in flat depictions of the inconsequential, the unavailing, and the bizarre, although he is far fonder of violent or otherwise disquieting subject matter.

Everything I Do is Right

His work has two of the characteristics often encountered in Outsider Art: an odd viewpoint and, in some of his work, a deliberately limited technique. His freehand line is often weak (which jars with his frequent use of a ruler), his forms are often very crude, and annotations in his drawings are poorly executed and frequently contain crossings-out.

Six Shrigley's

In authentic outsider art, the artist has no choice but to produce work in his or her own way, even if that work is unconventional in content and inept in execution. In contrast, it is likely that Shrigley has chosen his style and range of subject matter for comic effect.

I am a Sign Writer

Two Sides It Will Fade

Subtractor

In addition to the 78 drawings on display, the exhibit includes two sculptures, one of which is this Subtractor; a calculator with limited function keys.

Opening Hours

What the Hell Are You Doing

They sell this book at the gallery. Just thinking about opening its pages makes me squeal.

Autograph

David was present at the opening party and he is very easy to spot because he is about 6’5″ at least and also very, very cute. I had brought with me this cartoon of his that I love, which says “No Speed Limit Anymore Go As Fast As You Want Like in Germany” and I asked him if he would sign it, so he signed it “in German.” I love him.

New Works By David Shrigley will be on Exhibit Through May 23rd, 2015 at Anton Kern Gallery, Located at 532 West 20th Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

David Shrigley Signage

David Shrigley

You Will Get Dirty

Hanksy’s Best of the Worst Pop Up Art Show!

Best of The Wurst Signage
All Photos By Gail

If you weren’t making the scene at 104 Delancey Street — the former site of a Chase Bank — this past weekend, then you missed out on your chance to see street artist provocateur Hanksy’s Group Show and Pop Up Happening, Best of The Worst! It was a good time.

Tom Hanks Hansky Face
Hanksy Signature Tom Hank’s Face Tag on Top of What I Believe is a Drawing by BEAU

For the uninitiated, Hanksy is an “unknown” tagger/artist who emulates the style of Bansky while often incorporating the likeness of actor Tom Hanks. Best of The Wurst not only featured perhaps 20 or so of Hanksy’s punny slogans and celebrity icon parodies, but also included a separate pop up Street Art Gallery within the large gallery space, as well as Free Beer and Asian Dumplings, a Skate Ramp, Photo Booth, Free Vintage Pinball Games, a DJ, and a Clown making Penis Balloon Hats. Just being serious.

Penis Balloon Hat
Penis Balloon Hat Making Clown, Now You Have Seen Everything.

Back to the Future Pin Ball Machine
Back to the Future Pin Ball Machine

Hanksy Line
Behold: The Line Ride, which Stretched East to Essex Street and then Headed Uptown

The event kicked off Saturday evening at 6 PM, when the doors opened and — thanks to Geoffrey arriving early and holding a space in line for me! — we were inside the graffiti covered walls of this cavernous space within ten minutes. Adding an atmospheric backdrop to Hanksy’s works were contributions from Street Artists such as Left Handed Wave, Frank Ape, Magda Love, Clint Mario, Gilf!, CB23, Don’t Fret, Lexi Belle, Nda, Elle, Roycer, Joseph Meloy, Beau, Claw Money, Tony Depew, and Col Walnuts.

Leaf
I Love This Little Guy

Left Handed Wave and Frank Ape
Left Handed Wave, Frank Ape

Here are a few of my Favorite Hanksys of the Evening:

Doin It For The Likes
Doin’ It For The Likes, Because You Know You Are

Bill Murrito
Bill Murrito

Hamuel L Jackson
Sighs Matters, Hamuel L. Jackson

Mile E Coyote
Mile E. Coyote. Appropriate.

Beer
Former Teller Window Dispenses Free Beers to Thirsty Street Art Fans!

Street Art Gallery
Gag-Osian Street Art Gallery

In the left rear corner of the space, visitors could check out the Gag-Osian (get it?) Street Art Gallery, with its separate exhibit, Purgers & Acquisitions: Selling Out Tomorrow’s Urban Art Stars, Today. This area displayed small canvases and sculptures by a variety of Street Artists of varying degrees of popularity, priced to sell!

Purgers and Acquisitions

Purgers and Acquisitions

Purgers and Acquisitions

Hanksy Swag

Affordable Hanksy Swag, in the form of limited edition prints and T-Shirts, was also available.

The Scene

Look at everyone having a fun time and enjoying the art!

Fake It
Words to Live By

TGIF FML
TGIF / FML

Sucklord Gets Interviewed
Sucklord Gets Interviewed

I spent about an hour inside before I needed air and decided to head home. As I walked back up the street, I noticed the Sucklord lurking in a nearby doorway, being interviewed by god knows who. All in all, it was a most enjoyable evening.

Yes, It Exists: Bitchin’ Sauce

Chipotle Bitchen Sauce
All Photos By Sue Simone

Would you eat something called Bitchin’ Sauce? I sure would. Recently, my pal Sue spotted the Bitchin’ Sauce at a farmer’s market in San Diego and here is what I found out about it from their Website:

Bitchin’ Sauce is a vegan, gluten-free, almond-based, savory sauce that is rich in nutrients and packed with flavor. Its smooth and creamy consistency makes it perfect for dipping vegetables and chips, spreading on sandwiches or wraps, or smothering over your favorite savory foods. Bitchin’ and saucy.”

And their tagline is: “Get it in ya!”, which is quite catchy!

Bitchen Sauce
Comes in a Variety of Flavors. Goes Good With Chips!