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Harry Hill's Performance Piece At David Shrigley Exhibition

28-05-2012
 
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The BAFTA winning comedian Harry Hill turns his wit and talent to the job of tour guide for a new art exhibition by David Shrigley held in Manchester in October this year.

Harry will conduct tours of Shrigley's funny cartoon drawings and sculptures at the Cornerhouse gallery.HOW ARE YOU FEELING? features a range of drawings, paintings, sculpture and never-seen-before live performance. Taking you on a skewed, cathartic journey through the clever, amusing and raw world of David Shrigley, this extraordinary exhibition offers an unequalled, live and interactive experience.
‘How Are You Feeling?’ is a familiar phrase often used in self-help, psychiatry and the diagnosis of psychosis. For this exhibition, Shrigley offers art-therapy to visitors to help them cope with “an increasingly crazy and poorly signposted world”. Alongside the works on display in the galleries, the artist will also direct local actors to present a series of unique and often participatory performance-based works at set times and dates.

The TV star said Shrigley, who has just had his first major London show at the Hayward gallery, was "at once funny but profound and subversive"."I will be conducting a tour of his new stuff and trying to be funnier than him," Hill added. "No mean feat." The presenter said: "I like the home-made aesthetic. He does what a lot of jokes do, which is spring surprises, at once funny but profound and subversive."He's a true outsider who has somehow snuck under the wire, which is how I feel about my own shtick."

David Shrigley is best known for his canny, farcical and deliberately dysfunctional cartoon-like drawings that observe everyday fears of the human condition and conventional social matters. Finding humour in the bizarre and inconsequential with immediate and attainable appeal, his work often asks questions about the nature of contemporary art and its audience. He has had an international career spanning two decades and had a weekly cartoon in The Guardian’s Weekend Magazine.


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