Lane Neave gets behind “Lose Your Mind” exhibition

Lane Neave is continuing its tradition of supporting the arts by taking up the role of principal exhibition sponsor for the first major New Zealand exhibition of popular British artist David Shrigley.

Shrigley will open his “Lose Your Mind” exhibition at CoCA on Saturday 11 March, running through to Sunday 28 May.

Best known for his darkly witty cartoons, Shrigley’s international career has seen him work across a variety of media, including drawing, photography, sculpture, animation, painting, unsettling intervention, spoken-word recordings and pop-music videos.

Shrigley’s work gained further profile in 2016 after winning the commission for the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. In September he unveiled his bronze sculpture Really Good, a ten-metre-high hand giving a thumbs up.

“Lane Neave has a strong history of supporting the arts in New Zealand and we are pleased to be working with CoCA to bring David Shrigley to Christchurch,” says Andrew Shaw, Lane Neave’s Managing partner.

“He brings a brave, vibrant and unpredictable work that will be both engaging and thought provoking.”

“This is set to be a popular exhibition and will help underline Christchurch’s reputation as a city with great art and culture.”

Amongst the exhibition’s drawing, sculpture and animated film, key works include Ostrich, 2009, in which a taxidermied bird loses its head; Beginning, Middle and End, 2009, a ‘giant continuous sausage’ crafted from clay that is rolled out and arranged in the gallery; and Cheers, 2007 a pair of fishing waders filled with expanding foam.

The exhibition comes to Christchurch from Seoul, Korea, where the season was extended to satisfy public demand.

There will be a public programme of events including an artist talk with David Shrigley, an exclusive artist-led tour, Shrigley-inspired children’s art workshops and more.

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