David Musgrave


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Year 2021
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21.1 cm
Top pick Edward Lee, collector

About the work

Plaster is a drawing of an imaginary wound dressing. It incorporates a drawing of a found image, a medical illustration showing how to close a wound. Redrawing a drawing is something I’ve often done in the past, but I’ve usually redrawn my own drawings. I was troubled and seduced by the frankness of this cartoon-like diagram. It made me see how an image is also a kind of wound, a virtual opening in a literal surface. The drawing as a whole is a proposal for a plaster that is also an example of the injury – it seemed timely to think about how drawing, images and art occupy the whole spectrum from healing to injury.

About the artist:

Born 1973 Stockton-on-Tees, David Musgrave lives and works in London. Graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Musgrave’s work is held in public and private collections worldwide including Tate and MoMA.

Selected exhibitions include Hooks & Claws, Galerie Gregor Staiger, Zurich (2020); David Musgrave and Simon Ling, greengrassi, London (2020); Good Grief, Charlie Brown!, Somerset House, London (2018-19); The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn (2017); Space Force Construction, V-A-C Foundation, Venice (2017); Being Thing, CIAP, île de Vassivière, Beaumont du-Lac (2015); The Noing Uv It, Kunsthalle Bergen (2015); Être Chose, CIAP Île de Vassivière, Beaumont-du-Lac (2015); and The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, and touring (2013).

Awards include being shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Editions Novel Prize, for his novel Total Abstraction (2018); selection as a finalist for the Prix Canson (2015); and his digital animation Studio golem being broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom (2013).

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