London – The Gallery restaurant in Sketch, London’s two-floor, multi-restaurant complex, has been given a makeover, with artist David Shrigley at the helm.
The restaurant launched its long-term artist-in-residence programme in 2012 when Martin Creed took over the space. In this new iteration, 239 of Shrigley’s signature sardonic cartoons line the powder pink walls that have been repainted as part of India Mahdavi's redesign of the interiors. The pink palette was designed to bring a calming atmosphere to Sketch and to provide a blank canvas for Shrigley’s work, which also includes ceramics inspired by the Regent Street surroundings. Shrigley’s humour is seen throughout, down to the salt and pepper shakers, which oddly come in a set of three, labelled Dust, Dirt and Nothing.
At Frieze New York 2013, LS:N Global spotted a lot of Cocktail Art – bars that bring together fine art and conviviality, making the former more approachable through the latter. For more, see our recent Innovate on Absolut Art Bar during Art Basel Hong Kong.