David Shrigley has installed a collection of some 245 drawings within the Gallery restaurant at London eaterie Sketch, but as diners will experience this week there’s also a feast of art on the tables, too…
Following Martin Creed’s commissions for Sketch’s Gallery in 2012, where he redesigned the floor using 96 types of marble, Shrigley is the latest artist to bring their take on the world into one of London’s most artistically ambitious (and expensive) restaurants.
Alongside producing original drawings for the space, Shrigley, who is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, has designed a range of ceramic tableware which includes plates, bowls, a milk jug, and cup and saucer. The editions have been manufactured by British company, Caverswall.
While Shrigley’s plate design reflects the restaurant’s location in the West End, his salt and pepper shakers (below) are joined by an existential third condiment.
Sketch brought in project architect India Mahdavi to create the interior of the Gallery restaurant (below), while fashion designer Richard Nicoll has also created uniforms for all of the restaurant staff – a version of his signature T-shirt dress silhouette for women and a grey boiler-suit for men.
Some of the 245 artworks that Shrigley has created for the space refer to the business of eating…
… while others deal with a typically wide range of themes, such as laughing manically in the face of it all; not caring what one looks like; and fancy dress regulation (below).
Shrigley’s ceramics for the Gallery restaurant at Sketch will be available to purchase in July; the drawings are available from Stephen Friedman Gallery. The project has been curated with Christopher Huynh at RSC Contemporary Ltd. See sketch.uk.com. Sketch is at 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG