Maze Media’s Trip to the Saatchi Gallery

After grabbing lunch at possibly the most posh supermarket in existence (Partridges of Chelsea), our cultured crew of web developers, writers, designers and marketeers descended upon The Saatchi Gallery. After mistaking the gallery guide for what was in fact a wood-flooring brochure, we were ready to take in some much needed inspiration. We’re obviously a quirky and creative bunch, so you’d think the modern art on show at the gallery wouldn’t offer anything too shocking to us. But the gallery had some little tricks up its sleeve…

We were greeted with the anonymous portraits by Katy Grannan in the first room (above), where unusual subjects are photographed against the stark Californian sun. These are not young, conventionally beautiful bodies, but real people. Men in drag, elderly women dressed as Hollywood legends, androgynous figures in various states of undress. Certainly woke us up!!

A particular favourite amongst the Maze crew was Jon Rafman’s “The Nine Eyes of Google Street View”. This collection of Google street images are amusing, shocking and always thought provoking. Kaushal noted “Some of the images recorded in the war zones witness that there are places in the World where people live an ‘uncensored’ life, because their real life circumstances are censored from the rest-of-the world.” Some simply need to be seen to be believed! The power ranger taking a snooze on a park bench (above) was a humorous highlight.

The dramatic landscapes of David Benjamin Sherry’s “Ultimate Earth” (above) got our creative juices all a-flowing. Lots of us liked the merging of the vivid colours with the realism of the photographs. Dan liked the notion that “each colour was bright and vivid and in complete contrast to the colours that would be found in the environment featured”.

Something that blew everyone’s socks off was the installation “20:50” by Richard Wilson (above). What is exactly it was turned out to cause a bit of a debate amongst the maze team. Was it a mirror? A shiny floor? On closer inspection the smell of engine oil was overpowering. The room is entirely flooded with it. Standing on a platform, it appears to be an infinite reflective surface. Here since 1991, it is the gallery’s only permanent installation.

If you haven’t already been, make sure you get down to the Saatchi Gallery at some point. The current exhibitions do not fail to impress, as always.

It’s got our mind ticking away and thinking about opening our own exhibition…