A Walk In Kaleidoscope And Arctic Devastation At Saatchi Gallery
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Before us stands a silvery hexagonal cave. We kick off our shoes and step carefully inside on to the flexing surface. We're assaulted on all sides by our reflection coupled with pictures and sounds from the memories or artist Laura Buckley, the creator of this piece. The surroundings range from hypnotic swirls to the sound's of the artists daughter when she was two years old.
This walk-in kaleidoscope is the biggest and boldest of the works in a new Saatchi Gallery exhibition aptly titled Kaleidoscope. Unfortunately the rest of the works just aren't able to measure up to the impact of this one colossal installation.
Aside from that behemoth the rest of the show is mostly populated by paintings and it's here where the kaleidoscopic theme unravels. What do paintings of interiors have to do with the rest of the show? Is it just padding to fill empty space?
One set of paintings that stands out are by Whitney Bedford of ships being destroyed by waves, alongside high speed photographs by Pierre Carreau of waves where they appear unnaturally still. They are taut with drama even if they have nothing to do with the rest of the show. Perhaps only Charles Saatchi himself knows why these works are here.
Last Updated 15 March 2019