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MAISON RUINART

UNCONVENTIONAL BUBBLES by David Shrigley

©David Shrigley

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“I had couple of days carving reliefs into the Walls of the crayères: A washing machine, some cavemen. They are quite crude.”

– David Shrigley

David Shrigley x Ruinart

David Shrigley – everyone who has ever been to the hyped London restaurant Sketch knows his work. Yes, the walls in the pink room, designed by India Mahdavi, are covered with his works. Now Shrigley is the artist for Ruinart‘s 2020 Carte Blanche program – which was revealed at the Opera Bastille in Paris at the beginning of the year. Looking back at Ruinart’s artistic collaborations in recent years, the cooperation with Shirgley is a very unique one. Shrigley is unique. He challenges his audience. Accessible and completely devoid of exclusionary intellectualism, the finesse of his work transports his audience to unexpected places. He is a provocateur, using humor as his weapon of choice. For his working process he looked at the history of the champagne house in detail.

He ambled through the vineyards, explored the cellars, observed the expressions and gestures of those who work there. The result: ‘Unconventional Bubbles’, an artistic reinterpretation of Maison Ruinart. A comprehensive work. Very playful in its interpretation. Special and unique. Something completely new for the Champagne House. Simply unconventional. The new range of works is a vast collection of different media including ink drawings, ceramic sculptures, neon signs, installations and even scribbled contemporary hieroglyphic-esque symbols in the chalk walls of the Maison’s emblematic cellars. His works deal with champagne in a very playful way. The method of production, the background, the origin.

©David Shrigley

©David Shrigley

“For this project, I made one hundred drawings based on my experiences of being at Maison Ruinart. I was really aware that less than a third of those would be used, that two out of every three would be discarded. That is the way I usually work. If I want 30 drawings, I need to make 90 drawings—and sometimes more than that.”

– David Shrigley

David Shrigley x Ruinart

David Shrigley x Ruinart

Since the 1990s, Shrigley has inspired the masses with his ironic and socially critical art. David Shrigley was born in 1968 and grew up in the town of Macclesfield in Cheshire before moving to Glasgow to study. Now he lives in Brighton, England. His sujet: cartoon-like drawings, often clumsy- looking figures with limbs that are too long or not fitting the rest of the body. These images, punctuated with concise texts express the whole absurdity of everyday life – the banal, the embarrassing as well as the precarious – in an unsurpassably oblique and succinct manner.
They sound like snippets of over-heard conversations. Black humor in its perfection. Sometimes in black and white, sometimes in color, sometimes the ink drawing comes first, sometimes the text. But his work is not limited to drawings only: The enormous range of his work also includes animated films, installations, photography and collaborations in the pop-cultural field.

In 2013, he was nominated for the Turner Prize, in 2016 he designed the Fourth Plinth on Trafalgar Square in London. In 2018, Shrigley was appointed as the Guest Director of the Brighton Festival. In 2019, his work was featured in solo exhibitions around the world. He is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery in the U.K.

“Like the fact that it is a living product and that it is made from a plant that grows in the ground. It is subject to the elements: to the soil, to the sky, to the weather, to the bugs that either destroy it or facilitate pollination. For me, there is a lot of metaphor there that is interesting.”

– David Shrigley

©David Shrigley

“It is made from a plant and it is a product of the natural environment. Grapes would grow without us but, for our purposes, they are cultivated and made into this product. The narrative I am interested in is concerned with the nature of human existence—and the very nature of all existence. So I like that champagne production can be a metaphor for this. The wine is drunk and enjoyed, but it is a sustainable process. The vines are cared for and more grapes grow.”

– David Shrigley

Shot on location in Reims & Paris, France

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