Monday, June 27, 2011

The Shape of Things to Come

Folkert de Jong
Seht der Mensch 2007

New Sculpture
Saatchi Gallery

The heat is on and I am struggling here I sit in my office loft... I don't want to complain though, it is a gorgeous day in London and I am finally back here at my desk to write another post.

The new exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery has been met with the question "Is it any good?". I am questioning the question. Can you actually judge what is good and bad Art? Some of it will resonate with you and some will not. There is perhaps nothing more subjective than Art, and the pleasure of judging is within ourselves. 

Kris Martin
Summit, 2009

David Altmejd
The New North, 2007

David Altmejd
The Healers, 2008

Whatever you do think of this exhibit it is entertaining. Each room has a new surprise from the macabre to the destructive, even sexual agony. But, if you are looking for pure beauty I would suggest that you venture another route.

Dirk Skreber
Crash 1&2

Thomas Houseago
Untitled 2000

Thomas Huseago
Figure 2

John Baldessari
Beethoven's Trumpet (With Ear) Opus #133, 2007

Baldessari's piece is fascinating and quite brilliant, it is about the paradox of communication's incomplete nature - a sculptural sound piece about a deaf composer. If you speak into the trumpet a part of Beethoven's six quartets will be heard.

Berlinde de Bruyckere
K36 (The Black Horse)

This piece has a nauseating effect, the artist has stripped the horse of identity.

Roger Hiorns
Copper sulphate Chartres and Copper Sulphate Notre-Dame 1996

Folkert De Jong
The Dance (2008)

"The clones are trading with themselves, their own kind, ripping off each other and dancing towards their destiny: self-destruction"
     Folkert de Jong

Matthew Brannon
Nevertheless (2009)

"Nevertheless, is an adverb comprised of three words: never-the-less. It became my stance against the panic that ensued from the economic collapse. An attempt to answer the question: what can we make when we shouldn't be making anything?"
        Matthew Brannon

Bjorn Dahlem
The Milky Way, 2007

David Batchelor
Parapillar 7 (2006)

Martin Honert
Riesen (Giants) 2007

The German artist Martin Honert creates human figures from a child's point of view. Here is a perspective with me and my youngest son (Marcel). Their 2.72 metres hight is not coincidental but the actual measurements from the tallest man of the 20th century, American Robert Wadlow. We do not know their intention but the word Riesen, do mean "Trek" or "Journey".

With that I am trekking along and wishing you a great evening!
With Love
His large-scale human figures manage to capture a vivid immediacy and sense of wonder achieved by recreating the world from a child’s point of view. Instead of looking back from an adult’s nostalgic perspective, the artist bases his works on family photographs and illustrations from schoolbooks, as well as his own childhood drawings, using scale and illusion to "save an image before it dies within me".

A feeling of being afraid in a huge and empty exhibition space originally inspired Honert to make his oversized figures entitled Riesen (which translates as ‘trek’ or ’journey’). The sculpture is composed of two bearded men, dressed in ordinary, contemporary clothing. The fact that they are each 2.72 metres high is not entirely fantastical or arbitrary; Honert took this specific measurement from the tallest man of the 20th century, an acromegalic American named Robert Wadlow. 


  1. I don't know where you find all these beautiful things but they are so inspiring.

  2. It looks really interesting even if I do sometimes struggle with parts of modern art and installations. However, since I really like the Saatchi Gallery, I will absolutely have to go and check it out for myself :-)

    Now, I really hope you don't mind me saying this (I always worry about overstepping the mark): "Riesen" actually means Giants. "Reisen" on the other hand would be "Journey/Travel/Trek"...

    I'm too hot and sticky for any more comments I think... Have a great evening xo

  3. Hey! Thanks for the comment!! Yes, I agree it does... but on Saatchi´s web site they actually did describe it like this..
    "entitled Riesen (which translates as ‘trek’ or ’journey’).".....

  4. crash seems a bit more 'don't drink and drive' than art- but I love the idea of the last one from a child's perspective- great skirt btw!

  5. Nice to see Baldessari work !
    But concerning David Batchelor, the sculpture looks like terribly at the
    sixteenth Martial Raysse works ?!
    Have a nice evening.

  6. Interesting,
    Some of those scuptures are disturbing......
    I think i've seen "La Voie lactée" ; certainly in an Paris area exhibition ...
    Have a great day !


  7. i really like the copper sulfate creeping over notre dame.

  8. i like Baldessari's whole conception.

    although i would be the first to say that it's completely objective, i am more than a little bored by 'art' that is to me really (non-artistic) visual philosophy and seems to be focused on shock-value.

  9. that is amazing!!! love those installations

  10. Good or bad, I don't know. Interesting for sure, with emotions.

  11. Wow, love the sense of perspective (esp. with you two standing nearby!)

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  12. Some very interesting sculptures here, darling!


  13. The cars are interesting and scary...and the giants are an amazing concept, love the philosophy behind them.
    Thanks for sharing Kristin
    Claudia xo

  14. Kristin dear,
    I really enjoyed your take on this exhibit. I only got to see Gallery 4 (Thomas Huseago) which I FOUND AWFUL. But that is a reaction and obviously, the artist got to me!!! Thanks for posting and I particularly regret not having time enough to see Martin Honert.

    Wanna go in the water,


  15. I am so excited when I get strong opinionated comments!! Thank you all!
    Love hearing what you like and don´t like!!

  16. there are so many interesting pieces in this post. the horse is my favorite.