Relive childhood memories of watching the ever-shifting grains of a kaleidoscope form their mesmerising patterns at the Saatchi Gallery’s new exhibition. The centrepiece of the show, called Kaleidoscope, is Laura Buckley’s immersive Fata Morgana, a dazzling and disorienting experience involving mirrored walls, ambient sounds and moving imagery.
Making its first major public appearance, Fata Morgana is entered via a large-scale hexagonal tunnel where constantly shifting patterns and colour simultaneously entrance and disorientate.
Fata Morgana is joined by works from eight other international contemporary artists in the show, which examines the distortion of human perception, moving from normal domestic spaces to turbulent nautical vistas and eventually complete abstraction.
The disruptive work of American sculptor Mia Feuer addresses the post-natural landscape and our effect on it; Pierre Carreau presents emotionally charged and beautiful photographic depictions of waves; Tillman Kaiser’s dynamic paintings and sculptural works are meditations of history, style and form; and Whitney Bedford’s tempestuous seascapes act as motifs for connecting the past and the present.
Young painter Florence Hutchings, whose vibrant still life pieces have also gathered her a significant following on Instagram, will be presenting a series of vivid still-life paintings inspired by the domestic scenes of everyday life. Her work shows a mastery of colour with a unique use of pinks, greens and reds and her kitchenettes and stovetops, for instance, are turned into abstract cutouts in the style of Henri Matisse and Georges Braque.
The Saatchi said that Kaleidoscope aims to be a timely exploration of our relationship with our surroundings, asking us all to reconsider the way we engage with our environment – and indeed art itself – with our senses.
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, SW3 4RY. Free entry.
From Friday, 15th March until Sunday, 5th May 2019.