Monday, 21 September 2009

Brunch with a side serving of Korean Art

On Sunday one of our good friends was visiting from Edinburgh so we met up with our mutual friends at the Saatchi Gallery for brunch. How very West London dahling.

While the food at Gallery Mess was very good the portions were tiny and overpriced for what it was. Mind you I think we were paying for the location in the old Duke of York barracks which is a lovely space and gives the Gallery cafe it's canny name.

After a good chinwag we strolled around the gallery space. I must admit not much took my fancy and we had more fun in the gallery shop, finding gifts for my friend to take back for her kids. However, my other half had been more adventurous and discovered art more to our taste on the top floor.

These paintings by Bart Exposito caught my eye, especially after seeing Debbie New's knitted masterpieces. I liked the smooth lines which were reminiscent of American bowling lanes and 1970's designs. The middle one is my fave as it looks like an owl, on it's side. I could see how these sort of shapes could be knitted, although I'm not sure what I'd do with them one I'd made them. We'll see.

There was a smaller exhibition dedicated to Korean artists which was a joy. Well, I say joy, some of the pieces were disturbing, such as this samurai sword which on closer inspection revealed the hilt was made from contorted naked bodies.

The folded t-shirts thought provoking once I realised which countries they represented (USA and North Korea) and this traditional painting made of toy bricks had an acrid quality from the colours of the bricks used.

It wasn't all dark art. The squashed and stretched figures were fun, especially watching other people's reaction to them, the big head which I'm calling sperm head, put a smile on my face

as did this cheery red screen.

My favourite piece was an animated traditional screen which was illustrated with images of nature which would be still then briefly flit around before settling somewhere else on the screen, just like real wildlife does. I spent a while watching it and would have bought it if it didn't cost £70'000. I'll just look out of my window instead.

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