Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Read David Shrigley's Dissertation in the Library!

David Shrigley's dissertation A brief history of science (1990), written during his time as a student of Environmental Art at GSA, is held in the Library's Special Collections. David was announced as one of the Turner Prize nominees for this year's award, the winner of which will be announced in December. He joins a list of nine Glasgow School of Art graduates who have been nominated in the past ten years, carrying on the School's lengthy successful association with the prize.

Established in 1984, the Turner Prize is awarded to a contemporary artist under 50, living, working or born in Britain, who is judged to have put on the best exhibition of the last twelve months. David is shortlisted for his solo exhibition Brain Activity, at London's Hayward Gallery. The exhibition was described by the Turner Prize organisers as  a "comprehensive overview" that revealed "his black humour, macabre intelligence and infinite jest," a description which could be applied to many of his illustrations, sculptures and animations. 

David Shrigley's unhinged art is arguably informed by his intrigue as a student with the science versus religion dichotomy. His dissertation is a study of the roots of scientific knowledge and an analysis of how religion and science have changed through time to become regarded as the two most important types of human knowledge.

To arrange a time to view the dissertation, ask at the Librarians' Office on Level 1 and read the ponderings of the artist as a young man before his art propelled him to Turner Prize nominee.