Monday, 6 November 2017

Iconoclasts: Art Out Of The Mainstream

To Saatchi Gallery for a look at this exhibition which explores the work of a group of thirteen artists whose work incorporates experimental processes and materials to challenge notions of what iconoclasm is. The following are a selection of pieces that I liked because of the combination of materials, imagery or techniques used by the artists.

Josh Faught: The use of textiles in fine art appears to be increasingly becoming a thing. The large scale of these pieces, and the dense layers of textures and materials were what appealed to me in Faughts work.

Thomas Mailaender: Mailaender's work intrigued me as he appears to have fun manipulating images and using printing techniques in a new and different way. The large cyanotypes using what looked photoshop collages were quite poetic, and the printing of images onto human skin was an unsual and strikingly new temporary tattooing method.

Makiko Kudo: These images really appealed to me. They seemed inspired by the surreal, and evoked both Manga, and the work of Studio Ghibli animations - but executed in a dreamy, painterly style. Kudo is also a wonderful colourist.

Kate MccGwire: Corvid. Absolutely love MccGwire's feathered, serpentine creations, whether on a big scale freely writhing their way around a gallery as Corvid here, or under a smaller dome jar. Part of the intrigue is her process. I would love to know how they are created and put together.

Douglas White: New Skin For An Old Ceremony. There was something about this work that brought to mind the large recumbant figures of Henry Moore. There was also something about its composition which brought to mind the pietàs of the Renaissance - possibly in the arrangement of the drapery and the triangular composition.

Alexi Williams Wynn: Echoes of The Kill. This delicate miniature forest of waxen trees stood out because of its 'quietness' and small scale in comparison to other pieces in the exhibition. The branches were so invitingly tactile and fragile.

Daniel Crews-Chubb: I liked the scale and the handling of paint in these large paintings of Crews-Chubb. The looseness of technique brought to mind the work of De Kooning and other Abstract Expressionists.

Maurizio Anzeri: A similar technique and idea to Julie Cockburn, (here) of embroidering into old studio portrait photographs to produce unnervingly surreal outcomes.

Danny Fox: A self-taught artist, and perhaps the better for it. Fox's work seems to have the boldness of Basquiat's currently showing across town at the Barbican.

Iconoclasts: Art Out Of The Mainstream
until 7th January
Saatchi Gallery
Duke Of York's HQ
King's Road