Iconoclasts: Art Out of the Mainstream | Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery presents “Iconoclasts: Art Out of the Mainstream,” a major new exhibition featuring the works of thirteen contemporary artists in London.
“Iconoclasts” features the work of Maurizio Anzeri, Matthew Chambers, Daniel Crews-Chubb, Josh Faught, Aaron Fowler, Danny Fox, Makiko Kudo, Dale Lewis, Thomas Mailaender, Kate MccGwire, Renee So, Douglas White and Alexi Williams-Wynn. It is the tale of the small group of experimental artists who dared to produce experimental and often transformational practices of their own inviting the viewers to a modern day ideas of iconoclasm. They use an array of unusual out of the ordinary image making practices to portray their unique journey, from branding imagery onto human skin to sculpting curving structures out of crow feathers. Their practices go in the much needed path of breaking the mould and escort the audiences to a whole new age of rebel defiance to typical artistic processes of creating art. Their artworks portray their very own interpretations of cultural civilisations.
Iconoclasm is the very act of historically appropriated projection that questions both religious and progressive connotations. But, the 21st century saw Iconoclasm in a lighter note and somehow it worn out its radicalism of the concept. With the recent development, artist question the inherent nature of the ideology itself by scrutinizing what defines a work of art.
While the very group is not inherent in its description of being iconoclasts in a traditional manner with extreme sense of the word but the artists are driven by the similar passionate zeal, an iconoclastic urge manifesting itself in making art through enigmatically diverse and often destructive means of producing a work of art. The magic lies in the variety of mediums and techniques, a surprising number of means and materials produced each of the artworks cohabiting under the roof of one exhibition, a place where abstraction, figuration, creation and deconstruction combine. At a time when the very notion of iconoclasm has seemingly become mainstream, Iconoclasts brings together the work of thirteen distinct contemporary figures, seeking to examine what it means to be an iconoclast today.

  • 27th September 2017 - 7 March 2018
  • Maurizio Anzeri | Matthew Chambers | Daniel Crews-Chubb | Josh Faught | Aaron Fowler | Danny Fox | Makiko Kudo | Dale Lewis | Thomas Mailaender | Kate MccGwire | Renee So | Douglas White | Alexi Williams-Wynn
  • Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
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