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Published October 6th 2012
The Saatchi Gallery is a modern art museum for everyone. Even for a modern art sceptic like me, who frequently rolled her eyes at the Tate Modern thinking things like a pile of dirty socks? Looks like my bedroom... or a red dot on a canvas? I could have made that in four seconds, the Saatchi Gallery on King's Road made me feel an overwhelming sense of appreciation for creative, modern art for the first time.
The current exhibitions, some of which are only being shown until November 5th, are a perfect mix of quirky, thoughtful, and raw. The Nine Eyes of Google Streetview, a collection of canvassed, screen-captured moments found directly off the street view option of Google Maps, was one example of how the gallery can take your idea of what is modern art, twist it around, and leave you thinking. Through The Nine Eyes of Google Streetview, Jon Rafman managed to find moments that were shocking, tender, tragic, horrifying, silly, and puzzling just by opening his eyes wider on the site that we take for granted as a simple direction-giving tool. This exhibit is one that only runs until November 5th, and anyone who has ever used Google Streetview to check out the exterior of a potential new apartment or find their way to a destination from a tube station will be in for a surprise and a delight.
The basement level of the gallery contains a permanent site-specific installation by Richard Wilson. This work of art is the one that truly changed my perspective on the ability to create breathtaking modern art when I first saw it almost two years ago. Wilson uses oil, steel, and an empty room to create an optical illusion-like spectacle that will confuse you, enthral you, and leave you standing there for 20 minutes trying to wrap your head around what is there in front of you. This exhibit is a true example of creative art that you won't soon forget.
Hard to grasp what exactly you're looking at? I felt the same way.
I first stumbled upon the Saatchi Gallery by chance, but I strongly suggest that everyone else makes a concerted effort to pay it a visit. It contains 13 galleries over three floors, and each are sure to offer something fresh, unique, new, and entertaining. For some of the installations I thought to myself I could have made that, but I never would have thought to, and that realization that some artists can bend and stretch their minds in such a creative way and to see the product of such unique thought right in front of your eyes is extremely cool.
This exhibition, which unfortunately ended on 3 October, featured different artists' re-envisioning of the traditional game of chess.