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David Shrigley Sees the Sign

David Shrigley's new show at the Anton Kern Gallery plays with semiotics and the concept of the utilitarian sign, shifting the frame of reference and messing with your expectations to humorous and thought-provoking results.

David Shrigley is a world-renowned artist, illustrator, music video director, photographer, sculptor, spoken-word poet, and funny genius guy. Recently, he opened a new gallery exhibit at the Anton Kern Gallery in New York City. The show is titled Signs, and rightfully so considering it features work that plays with semiotics and the concept of the utilitarian sign. The show shifts your frame of reference and messes with your expectations to humorous and thought-provoking results. We tried to get David to answer some of our patented Questions of the Day, but he was so busy doing all those things we listed above, he could only send us these photos from the show. We totally understand. Go to the show, and if you can't, check out the pics above. 

David Shrigley
Signs
Show runs through February 16th
Anton Kern Gallery
532 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011

David Shrigley, Don’t Eat What You Can’t Digest, 2012, Unique linocut print, 41 3/8 x 28 3/8 inches, Courtesy the artist, Anton Kern Gallery, New York

David Shrigley, Sadly No More Fish in the Sea, 2012, Unique linocut print, 41 3/8 x 28 3/8 inches, Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York

David Shrigley, Gong, 2012, Acrylic paint on powder coated steel, 67 x 84 1/2 inches, Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York

David Shrigley, Boot, 2012, Acrylic on plywood with steel armature 23 3/4 x 16 1/4 x 1/4 inches (sign), Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York

David Shrigley, I Found a Shoe, 2012, Acrylic on plywood with steel armature, 16 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 1/4 inches (sign), Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York

David Shrigley, Words (1), 2012, Bronze and patina, 15 x 63 x 2 1/2 inches, Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York

David Shrigley, Cat (It’s OK, It’s Not OK), 2012, Acrylic on canvas stuffed with foam, 17 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches, each Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York

David Shrigley, Backwards Burgers, 2013, Neon light, 26 x 27 1/2 x 2 inches, Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York

David Shrigley, Hole with Traffic Lights, 2013, Traffic light and hole in drywall, Variable Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York

David Shrigley, Installation view, ‘Signs’, Anton Kern Gallery, 2012 Courtesy Anton Kern Gallery, New York