Issue 19 is by visual artist David Shrigley. Entitled THE TRAVEL ISSUE, it was produced in collaboration with designer Matt Singer and consists of a leather travel wallet lovingly gold foiled with the text "The Travel Wallet". Inside the wallet there is a series of four double-sided removable phrase cards and a 24 page passport book (which can also be removed). The phrase cards are in English (in Mr. Shrigley's handwriting) and are designed to be used in all situations where phrases are required. Some examples of text on the cards: "Can I have your shoes?” and “Please Help me”. Written and illustrated by Mr. Shrigley, the 24 page passport book is a meditation on travel, existentialism, and pool splashing. The issue comes ready for use out of the box and is recommended for all international and interstate travel. It can also be used around town or in the town next door.
Photos by Michael O'Neal and Lenny Gonzalez.
Issue 19 David Shrigley Promo Video from THE THING Quarterly on Vimeo.
David Shrigley was born in 1968, in Macclesfield, England. He studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art from 1988 to 1991. His work encompasses drawing, sculpture, photography, animation and music. Recent exhibitions include Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen; BQ, Cologne; Anton Kern Gallery New York; Carnegie International, Pittsburgh; Bergen Konsthall, Norway. His drawings have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as Esquire (Japan), Donna (Italy), Arena (UK), The Gaurdian (UK), Le Monde (France) Suddeutsche Zeitung (Germany), New York Times (US). He has produced animated pop promos for Blur and Bonnie Prince Billy and has produced album artwork for artists such as Deerhoof and Malcolm Middleton. In 2006 he produced a spoken word album Shrigley Forced To Speak With Others and in 2007 released a compilation album Worried Noodles featuring 39 artists invited to create songs based on his lyrics originally published in a book of the same name. The project included contributions from David Byrne and Franz Ferdinand amongst others. Shrigley is the author of numerous books of drawings details of which can be found at redstonepress.co.uk, He now lives and works in Glasgow and is represented by the Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
Matt Singer designs a line of shirts, bags, and assorted accessories. The line is sold at select retailers including Barneys, Project No.8, Askov Finalyson, and online at mattsinger.net. The website features the full collection plus a number of short films, a monthly book section, a selection of vintage watches, and a series of branded collaborations with Parsons the New School for Design, Million Trees NYC, Selima Salaun, 826NYC, and Idlewild Books.