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What the Hell Are You Doing?: The Essential David Shrigley Hardcover – October 24, 2011
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“With his text-heavy, inked figures and mordant sensibility, David Shrigley could be reductively described as the British Raymond Pettibon. But Shrigley’s use of outside-art non-technique can radiate a lovable coyness as much as it does caustic bite….His new visual-art compilation, What the Hell Are You Doing?...functions well as both introduction and encapsulation of Shrigley’s wonderfully askew faux-naive vision.” (Stephen Gossett - Flavorpill)
“The work of David Shrigley is sort of everything you could ever ask from scratchy line drawings, and a whole lot more….It’s weird and spastic, and uncomfortable, and savage, and profound, and somehow tender, behind all that.” (Flavorwire)
“It is useless, attempting to categorize David Shrigley as an artist. His work has a free and easy feel, a rough-draft quality reinforced by his imprecise lines and habit of marking textual errors in finished pieces….Shrigley’s work is by turns playful, caustic, and grotesque―even, at times, incisive―but each of these distinct tones comes across as genuine.” (John McIntyre - The Rumpus)
“With a casual gesture Shrigley points to that hideous shape whose name I've never known-and then he names it. . . . I'm laughing while frantically searching for a pen, so desperate to capture the feeling he has unearthed in me.” (Miranda July)
“This year's best gift book, for a crazy person you really, really like.... It's a funny, sick, morally stimulating mind-bender, the best bathroom book of the new decade.” (Dwight Garner - New York Times)
“Shrigley’s bold-lined drawings which at first may appear like crude Sharpie doodles, are intentionally heavy-handed and display the artist’s observations on what is a crude world. Often laugh-out-loud hilarious and occasionally mildly disturbing...” (Chicago Pipeline)
“Shrigley’s work is hard to peg down….It’s simple yet brilliant. But one thing that is always consistent―Shrigley’s stuff is always hilarious.” (Largehearted Boy)
“Starred review. Taken cumulatively, Shrigley’s comic illustrations and words have the effect of a miraculous mental booster drug.” (Publishers Weekly)
About the Author
Will Self (b. 1961) is an English novelist and journalist. His Independent column of offbeat walking tours, “Psychogeography,” has been collected into an eponymously titled book.
Top Customer Reviews
If Bill Hicks or Louis CK is too dark for you, or you are an high-art snob please steer clear.
I am beginning to think that the author of the introduction, Will Self, must be a joke persona made up by the publishing industry who writes self-indulgent (get it?) introductions. This one is a self-advertisement that starts with "I" and doesn't stop there. Sometimes the introduction to a book can be illuminating and can enhance my appreciation. A book like this deserves an introduction that matches Shrigley's style and humor. The one it got is garbage.
I'm not saying I'm hung up on the introduction. It really does suck, but the rest of the book is great as expected.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had read really good reviews, so got it as a gift for a friend who loves off-beat humor. He didn't relate to it and all and we ended up giving it to a used book store.Published on January 22, 2013 by Carolyn