Silly illustrations by David Shrigley

The great illustrator David Shrigley does a lot of fantastic weird and funny art loaded with truth serum. He speaks for so many, including myself. Here are some of my recently discovered favorites. Visit Shrigley’s website to check out all of his work, including these ‘oblique comments and strange drawings’ from his last book.

A mirror on information

Journalists focus more on catastrophes than progress. They’re hard-wired to follow tragedy than highlight the good. Bad news and sensationalism sell eyeballs. Good news is ephemeral, quickly consumed and forgotten. When an avalanche of information aligns with a consumption-based based society, all becomes a blur. Knocked unconscious, we assemble identities that exceed the brain’s three […]

Devouring optical information

There’s optical information everywhere — on cereal boxes, to ads atop taxicabs, to the best quiche recipe on Pinterest. We are bombarded by the same signals we signal right back, purchasing the Nike sneaker posted on Instagram yesterday. Communicating through images negotiates a plausible reality. We consume and project, show and inspire others. Assume everything […]

The bullshit detector

You know it when you see it. Bullshit rings like a magic lantern, giving artificiality a spotlight. More people are susceptible to believing bullshit than ever. Politics is mostly bullshit, as is mass marketing. The irrational tries to take all the mystery out of life. When storytelling becomes manipulation, people lose their heads. Evil spreads […]

Are video games design objects?

Do video games belong in the museum?  I remember checking out the old Tetris and Pong video games at a MoMA exhibit in 2013. They certainly seemed to fit as artistic artifacts.  The world’s leading museum of art and design in London, V & A, is making its new exhibit Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt even more contemporary.  The show’s curator […]

Does automation make us less human?

How much of our thought process do we want to relinquish to artificial intelligence? Even Gmail’s auto-replies takes the burden out of typing in two-word responses with pre-populated text likes “yes, great,” “sounds good,” or “awesome.” Soon enough the computers will be the only ones conversing and high-fiving each other. Just as the painter imitates […]

Faulty attention

We cultivate boredom the same way we incubate attention, that is, we latch on to things until we no longer see them. They camouflage into our awareness. The internet user runs into the cornucopia of visuals on Instagram. Liking becomes desultory, numb to the perpetual sting of dopamine. Are we not entertained? We are sloppy internet […]