British Art Now: Saatchi Gallery Highlights

18 Feb

So, here are some photos from the Saatchi Gallery I took on my most  recent trip to London. These pieces are all part of the Newspeak: British Art Now exhibtion.

Daniel Silver – Untitled 2008 – Marble, wood, paint. Drawing on his interest in mythology, Silver’s sculptures convey a sense of timelessness. This piece looks straight out of the Roman Empire – a classic aesthetic with an illusive modern narrative.

Stephen Claydon – The Author of Mishap (Them) 2005 – Copper powder in resin and peacock feather. Personally, I just love the peacock feather eye patch.

Barry Reigate – Voracious Impotent Penis 2009 – Acrylic, oils, pencill, crayon, collage, wrapping paper, spray paint, varnish, gloss paint, wax, charcoal, gloss paint, marker pen and paint brush on canvas.

Barry Reigate – Real Special Very Painting 2009 – Acrylic, oils, pencill, crayon, collage, wrapping paper, spray paint, varnish, gloss paint, wax, charcoal, gloss paint, marker pen on canvas. Reigate was invited to do a special commission for the Saatchi Gallery which resulted in these two pieces. In his words: “Because of information and imagery, we all have loads of input about stuff we don’t ever experience, like zombiefied conduits of information. All this info goes into the paintings. Layer after layer of collage, drawing, crayon, airbrush etc. Just stuff on stuff, then sealed and more stuff put on top of other stuff. Making work is kind of an expenditure of this stuff.”

Scott King – Pink Cher 2008 – Screenprint and paint on canvas. Reminiscent of Warhol, King’s screen print of Cher stands in for counterculture hero Che Guevara. The image of the rebel icon has lost so much meaning since it’s mass reproduction on t-shirts, poster, coffee cups etc. This is left-wing radaclism fused with celebrity obsession. Nice.

littlewhitehead – It Happened In The Corner… 2007 – Plaster, wax, hair, clothes. littlewhitehead are responsible for some darkly humourous sculptures. It Happened In The Corner… is an installation of a gang of hoodies congregated in the ominous thug-pack stance. In their presence the viewer is made a complicit witness or bystander to their vague hint of violence.

Barry Reigate – Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory 2008 – Neon stick strip light, jesmonite, ply and gloss paint. Mickey Mouse with a lightsaber through his head? Rad.

John Wynne – Installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner 2009. Sound and sculptural assemblage combine to create a sonic space.

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