NEW ORDER: British Art Today at the SAATCHI GALLERY
|AFTER LOUISE 2011, Papier mache, wax, acrylic eyes, mixed media 85 x 70 x 70cm|
This remarkable work is a tribute by Wendy Mayer. In the artist's own words 'I feel connected to her as a woman, a mother, a sculptor and through our shared background in mathematics. When she died in 2010, I wanted to acknowledge her unwitting contribution to my career as a sculptor and created her portrait as a pin cushion doll'.
Pins can hurt and draw blood; you stick them into images of your enemies to bring about their downfall; Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on a spinning wheel needle and look what happened to her.On the other hand we can't do without them: needles and pins make and mend things we need: clothes and furnishings and glowing tapestries. Mayer again 'I wanted to represent her obsession for repair of damage to the self. She wears the dark clothes of mourning but retains her playful spirit and a twinkle in her eye'.
|GOLD WATCH 2012 Wax, acrylic eyes, wigs, mannequins, chair, needles, gold watch 100x61x61|
The catalogue says of After Louise that she's smiling to herself as though delighted with the unspooling disquiet of the exhibits around her. What is she looking at? New Order, on the second floor, is a collection of paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs and installations by 17 'new' artists who live and work in Britain. Some say that the overall effect is too detached, the artists less than passionate.
It's certainly a sharp contrast with Gaity is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union on the lower floors, an ironic title for works depicting at times almost unbearable violence, despair and degradation in the years following the break up of the Soviet Union.