Practising artist Gordon Shrigley’s interests are eclectic, and his practice addresses a broad field of inquiry – while publishing other artists’ work (in print, film and audio), his own practice has been concerned with making work related to the language of line and invented narratives that posit alternative realities. Now he is standing as an electoral candidate for his Campaign party in Hackney South and Shoreditch. We visited Shrigley in his east London studio, where he talked to us about his primary concerns.
Gordon Shrigley: Project for an Unidentified Political Object
IMT Gallery, London
5 April – 10 May 2015
Interview and film by MK Palomar.
Image Music Text: Andrew Gillespie, Andrew Lacon, Joanne Masding
Nathaniel Pitt explains that he looked to the processes of artists, instead of the subjects of their work, to curate the show. The three artists in this show, he says, are not starting from media, but from their curiosity
Gordon Shrigley: interview
Practising artist Gordon Shrigley shows us round the exhibition that is also his campaign room ‘Project for an unidentified political object’ at the IMT gallery. Constructing a nexus of ideas from politics, space travel, and Utopian and Cosmism philosophy, Shrigley begins by telling us ‘Campaign is about the space of the imagination’, he goes on to explain the thinking around this current work and his position as an artist candidate for the upcoming election
Gordon Shrigley: ‘I wanted to use the possibilities of fine art to create an ambiguous utopian space’
Artist Gordon Shrigley has entered the fray for the 2015 general election, standing against sitting Labour MP Meg Hillier as a candidate for the Campaign party in Hackney South and Shoreditch
C4RD, the Centre for Recent Drawing
Artist Andrew Hewish founded C4RD, the Centre for Recent Drawing, ‘on the smell of an oil rag’ in a studio in Bethnal Green in east London in 2004. A member of the museum association of the UK and a UK charity, C4RD was founded as an artist project to encourage independent and non-commercial production, by providing space for a broad variety of drawing practices in public exhibitions, residencies – both inhouse and online – and talks and publications.
Gordon Shrigley: ‘Will Peck and I had lots of conversations about what the form of a residency is’
Will Peck, a recent graduate, and Gordon Shrigley, artist, (Gordon has various strings to his bow and asked me to describe him solely as ‘an artist’) talk about their collaborative residency at C4RD