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This is not what I wanted ... (Yoga Mat)

This is not what I wanted ... (Yoga Mat), 2021 - David Shrigley

This is not what I wanted ... (Yoga Mat), 2021

David Shrigley  

Mixed Media
61 x 183 x 0,3 cm / 24.02 x 72.05 x 0.12 inch
Edition of 300 copies, not signed nor numbered

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  • Medium: Natural tree rubber with PU top layer
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about this work

This endless lockdown takes a toll on our mental health. Yoga & meditation can help, and today you can practice your downward facing dog in style on this David Shrigley yoga mat - created especially for artlead objects.

For this yoga mat, Shirgley made a drawing with the text 'This is not what I wanted, I wanted something different, I do not know exactly what I wanted but I did not want this, yet they say there us nothing that can be done and that it is too late, so I must be satisfied with this and so must you'. This can count as a lesson in acceptance. As a lesson in solidarity too, because we are in the same situation, and we will come out of it together!

But first... stretch!




about David Shrigley

David Shrigley is best known for his distinctive drawing style and works that make satirical comments on everyday situations and human interactions. His quick-witted drawings and hand-rendered texts are typically deadpan in their humour and reveal chance utterings like snippets of over-heard conversations. Reoccurring themes and thoughts pervade his story telling capturing child-like views of the world, the perspective of aliens and monsters or the compulsive habits of an eavesdropper shouting out loud.

While drawing is at the centre of his practice, the artist also works across an extensive range of media including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, painting, photography and music. Shrigley consistently seeks to widen his public by operating frequently outside the gallery sphere such as in prolific artist publications and collaborative music projects.

(courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery)

David Shrigley’s solo exhibitions include MAC, Santiago de Chile; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Pinakothek, Munich; YBCA, San Francisco; Museum M, Leuven; Kunsthall, Bergen; Ludwig Museum, Cologne; DCA, Dundee; and Malmo Konsthalle. In 2013 he was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize for his solo show David Shrigley: Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery, London.

Group exhibitions include IMMA, Dublin; Parasol Unit, London; MoMA, New York; MCA, Chicago; MUHKA, Antwerp, ICA, London; Kunsthalle Vienna; and Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

David Shrigley is represented by the following galleries;
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Galleri Nicola Wallner, Copenhagen  

BQ, Berlin  

Anton Kern Gallery, New York

You can also discover more of David Shrigley’s work on his own website, and can also find plenty more information on Shrigley and his work on the website of Generation Scotland

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