Irina Kulik will draw parallels between two contemporary artists who often use humor and work with a variety of art forms.
Dieter Meier (b. 1945) is a Swiss musician and artist, half of the famous electro-pop duo Yello. Starting his creative career with performance practices in the 1960s, Meier went on to direct experimental films and videos, worked as an actor, and created conceptual art pieces for galleries and public spaces. Together with Yello’s second member Boris Blank he is author of over a dozen music albums and as many music videos. His artworks have been exhibited at major cultural institutions and festivals, including Documenta 5 (1972); MoMA, New York; Art Film Festival ICA, London; Short Film Festival Oberhausen among many others. Meier is also a successful businessman and runs a grocery store and a restaurant in Zurich, his home town where he continues to live and work.
Graduate of the Glasgow School of Art, Turner Prize nominee (2013) David Shrigley (b. 1968) is one of the smartest artists of his generation. Working with diverse mediums—from films and cartoons to prints, photography and sculpture, he is probably best known for books of drawings featuring witty verbal statements. Shrigley also does T-shirt, tattoo, poster and other types of design, public art commissions, has written a libretto for “a sort of opera” Pass the Spoon, created a line of ceramic tableware for a London restaurant, and has been involved in many other exciting initiatives. Shrigley’s Fourth Plinth project-winning piece Really Good was exhibited in Trafalgar Square from 2016 to 2018. After living in Glasgow for twenty-seven years the artist moved to Brighton in 2015.