This is not what I wanted ... (Yoga Mat)
Natural tree rubber with PU top layer
61 × 183 × 0,3 cm
Edition of 300 copies, not signed nor numbered
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!
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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 storytelling 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)