International artist designs for Flying Tiger Copenhagen
July 22, 2016
Flying Tiger Copenhagen launches a series of funny, bizarre and provocative designs created in cooperation with world-renowned artist David Shrigley on the theme of “Strong Messages”.
Flying Tiger Copenhagen is launching new designs in cooperation with the world-famous artist David Shrigley. From September, you will come across the humorous and quirky products on the theme of “Strong Messages” in all of our stores. They feature off-the-wall drawings, graphics and messages. We take pride in celebrating and promoting great art: Art surprises, and changes our perception of the world. We want to contribute to this by offering quality art experiences in our stores.
David Shrigley is a heavyweight on the international art scene. The wider public knows him for his sculptures, paintings and books and for his humorous and satirical drawings for English newspaper The Guardian. He spent the last 12 months designing a collection of about 30 items in close cooperation with the design team at Flying Tiger Copenhagen, including smartphone and tablet covers, notebooks, pencils, tote bags and more:
“The nice thing about working with Flying Tiger Copenhagen is that they make things that everybody can have. I have made a lot of merchandize, but I have never done it with a company who is actually focused on doing that. They are very humble as objects and I kind of like the humility of those artworks. It is about reaching a very big audience with art objects and for them to be very accessible. You don’t want it to be an exclusive thing. You want it to be a democratic thing,” says Shrigley.
“We want to make art more accessible by making it a part of people’s everyday life”, says Concept Developer Mai Due Brinch. “Shrigley’s works are humorous, dark, delightfully absurd and bizarre, and the emphasis is on the message rather than on technique. He turns the world on its head and does things his own way – just like Flying Tiger Copenhagen”, she says.
As an extension of the collaboration, Flying Tiger Copenhagen is proud to launch a miniature edition of Shrigley’s sculpture “Really Good”. The original will be revealed on the Forth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London on September 29, in what’s been called “the smallest, but most prominent sculpture park in the world”.
The Fourth Plinth (1841) was originally intended to hold a statue of William IV, but remained empty due to insufficient funds. Since 2003, the Mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group has invited a number of esteemed artists to submit proposals for the Plinth. Starting on September 29,, Shrigley’s ”Really Good” will take over the Plinth. You can buy your own miniature of the statue, which will be available at selected Flying Tiger Copenhagen stores in a limited edition of 3000 numbered copies.
David Shrigley, Born: 1968
David Shrigley is best known for his humorous cartoons. Self-branded as an outsider in the art world, Shrigley is known for making flat compositions that take on the inconsequential, the bizarre, and the disquieting elements of everyday life. His illustrations feature crossed-out words, scribbled, uneven lines, and funny aphorisms about the world.
In recent years, Shrigley has expanded his practice to include filmmaking. He directed music videos and animated films. He is a weekly contributor of cartoons to the Guardian Weekend magazine.
Shrigley's work has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. In 2013, he was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize for his solo show David Shrigley: Brain Activity at the Hayward Gallery in London, and in 2016 his sculpture Really Good will be on display on the Fourth Plinth on Trafalgar Square.
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Jakob Stig Jørgensen