Preserve Beauty (New York), 1991/2003, by Anna Gallaccio is an installation of 500 red daisies.They are pressed between a sheet of glass and a wall in a rough grid formation.
In time, the flowers begin to die. Withering and shriveling, they fall out of place, or to the floor, slowly rotting. What starts out as pretty and attractive turns dull and crackled, and covered with a fluffy grey mould. In this way, the artist invites us to think about how we understand beauty and how our ideas of beauty change with time.
Imagine the Green is Red, 1998, by David Shrigley is a print.
David Shrigley makes artworks that often make people laugh. He is most well-known for his cartoons, drawings, and photographs, but he also makes sculpture, animations and paintings.
Often his work is reproduced as greeting cards, T-shirts and badges. He also takes photographs of his surroundings – focusing on places that other people might find boring. In this photograph, he places a small card on the grass saying ‘imagine the green is red’ which he hopes might make people see this place differently.
Grayson Perry’s Map of Nowhere, 2008 explores his world drawing everything that is important in it.
The map is full of detail from everyday life including logos, high street brands, everyday sayings, slang and symbols and representations of himself. Perry started the drawing in the top left-hand corner, and worked towards the bottom right-hand corner, without planning the in-between. Instead, ideas were allowed to emerge, leading from one to another through the drawing process.
Anya Gallaccio, Preserve Beauty (New York), 1991/2003, 247 x 130.8 x 0.6cm, 500 red Gerbera, glass and fittings. Courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London
David Shrigley, Imagine the Green is Red, 1998, 30.5 x 30.5 cm, C-type print. © David Shrigley
Grayson Perry, Map of Nowhere, 2008, 153 x 113 cm, etching from five plates on one sheet. © Grayson Perry; courtesy of the artist & Victoria Miro, London.