Robert McNally

Shotgun in't mouth, brains on't wall

September 3 – October 8, 2011

Opening Friday September 2. 17.00-20.00

David Risley Gallery is proud to present a solo show of new drawings by Robert McNally.The title of this show refers not to a suicidal tendency but the process of duress under which the work is made. McNally pushes himself into a too tight time frame to make the work. The resulting drawings are the artists’ brains on the wall. McNally takes several of his narrative cues from the top 10 most popular daily news items on the BBC website. He regards this as a barometer of public interest removed from editorial hierarchy. McNally uses it as evidence of what people enjoy seeing and a guide to what he should include in his drawings to entertain his audience.The drawings in the exhibition do not offer guidance or judgement in the sense of Dutch 17th century morality paintings. McNally is more interested in the hypocrisy of those works than their moral message, a bawdy painting of a brothel scene masquerading as social critique. McNally’s complex, compelling drawings create twisted, folding spaces inhabited by drifters, religious icons, historical figures and self portraits as everyman, walking through a fragile, paper world of violence and disaster. All of this is presented as if on display in a vitrine, existing purely for our gawping.

Robert McNally is in the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (NL), West Collection (US), Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection (UK), Robert Devereux collection (UK) and Ole Faarup collection (DK).