Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I am obsessed: Saatchi Gallery

I am obsessed with everything Saatchi: Saatchi & Saatchi, Saatchi Gallery, Charles Saatchi, Maurice Saatchi and whatever Saatchi that's left out there. You'll know why once you try pronouncing the word--Saatchi.

Saatchi Gallery is famous and infamous for exhibiting the artworks of the Young British Artists; most famous of the YBAs is Damien Hirst while I really like Sam Taylor-Wood (partly because of her name). The space at the Saatch Gallery is open, clean, and bright. There is a lot of space for a relatively small number of works. I thought the emptiness made you focused on the works more. It allowed you to contemplate about the artworks--a lot of which are ambiguous, conceptual, and unusual. After all, the Saatchi Gallery is a contemporary art gallery. But you really wouldn't except this from the outside as the gallery is in a stately estate.

One of my favorite pieces is the wooden square. It's one piece in a series of three. It's like nothing yet everything. There's so much emptiness about it. It's simple, minimalist, clean and it reminds me of a piece of Ikea furniture. I also like the grey rectangles a lot. I spent a good deal of time in front of this piece. Each of the vertical sections used to be one block. The artist then cut them into thinner slices so you see how they change.

The most disturbing work is the men in the wheelchairs. They move! Those wheelchairs around the space that they are in. They bump into each other, into the walls, and they come right at you. The men are made to look somewhat like world leaders. It's sad.

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