Getting arty at Saatchi

It’s a sunny Tuesday and I’m in Chelsea waiting for my boyfriend James to emerge from an interview (for the job that he was subsequently offered!). I was going to sit by the fountains and do some people-watching until I noticed that the interview was not in fact being held in the office but had turned al fresco and was by the fountains in front of my very eyes! I didn’t want to be a distraction so made a quick exit and there’s no place better to escape to in a split second than the Saatchi Gallery.

It is one of the best contemporary galleries in London and aims to exhibit the work of young and international artists whose work may not have been displayed in the UK before. The gallery always has quirky exhibitions and definitely isn’t ‘boring’ art.

My favourite of the exhibitions on display was ‘Paper’ which showed works from a whole range of artists which all linked back to the theme of paper. Here were my favourite artists’ pieces…

ANNIE KEVANS

On walking into one of the gallery spaces there was a line of paintings of children circling the room. These paintings showed children, depicted in their innocence with rosy cheeks, soft features and doe-eyes. It then comes as a shock when you read the titles of each of the paintings and realise they are the faces of dictators as children. The artist is trying, I think, to show how after viewing the pictures you are of two minds…one which still sees the innocence of the children and understands that they were not dictators in their idealised childhood and one which challenges this and is reluctant to see the paintings void of hindsight and knowledge of how they turned out. It was thought provoking and really got the cogs whirring in my brain!

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Adolf Hitler…

adolf hitler

Kim II Sung…

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Mussolini…mussolini

YUKEN TERUYA

This Japanese artist’s work was probably the most beautiful of all the art I saw in the gallery. He looks to transform urban waste, in this case paper bags, into pieces of poetic beauty. He sees these paper bags as the discarded waste products of consumerism which then become their own little peep holes and sources of imagery. Having cut holes into the top of the bags small trees are created under the cut-out. The choice of trees also establishes the link between discarded and wasted paper to the natural source, something which is beautiful and carefully constructed. It helps you to find meaning in something which you would have otherwise cast aside and viewed as rubbish. Here are a few of my favourites…

Macdonalds..

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Christian Dior…

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Louis Vuitton…

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MARCELO JACOME

Jacome looks to use paper as a material for sculpture whilst keeping its dynamic character and this was the result! Beautiful kite-like shapes fill the whole gallery space. There is greater meaning behind this piece but I don’t think I picked up what it is all really about so I won’t lie to you all and guess. The pictures speak for themselves though…

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These are just a few of thing great things I saw at Saatchi and I could probably write a much much longer blog post if I included more of my favourite snaps but I will leave it to you to discover the rest. Click here to check out the website and visitor info!

 

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