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David Shrigley: Brain Activity

David Shrigley doesn’t just do those scratchy drawings... he does weird, twistedly funny sculptures, too, and photos, films and recently, and somewhat randomly, opera. Most of which can be seen at the Glasgow artist’s major show at London’s Hayward Gallery. A big honour, no? 
“I guess it is a big deal,” says Shrigley. “People say, ‘Oh, an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, that’s amazing.’ The subtext of which is: ‘My God, an idiot like you showing at the Hayward Gallery — who’d have thought it?’”

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Well, us for starters (dig out the glamorous “Tom Cruise” cover he did for Esquire’s 20th anniversary edition last year). And fans of those scratchy drawings, fret not: the pen will always have its allure, he says.

“You just want to spend several weeks sitting there in the warm, listening to The Fall, doing stupid drawings and pretending you’re busy so your wife has to go make dinner.”

David Shrigley: Brain Activity, 1 Feb to 20 May, Hayward Gallery, London SE1 (southbankcentre.co.uk)

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