Also showing at the Saatchi gallery when I visited last Friday was their current exhibition ‘Iconoclasts: Art Out of the Mainstream’, where 13 artists are exploring what it means to be an iconoclast in the modern age. Thomas Mailaender is one of the artists proposing his idea of 21st century iconoclasm by presenting images from his ‘Illustrated People’ series of works, in which the French artist applied original photographic negatives from The Archive of Modern Conflict onto the skin of his volunteer models, before projecting a powerful UV light over the negatives, thus temporarily transferring the image to the skin in a sunburned effect. Mailaender then quickly photograph the ‘burns’, which disappear quickly upon exposure to daylight.
The Saatchi Gallery has been using their print room to champion the urban art and street art scene over the past few years, their latest show being ‘Altered States’, curated by OllyStudio. The exhibition features work by artists currently based and working in the UK, including the brilliant Kid Acne from Sheffield, who produced this series of “Stabby Women”. Clockwise from top left “Born To Roll”, “The Future Is Female”, “In It To Win It” and “Trust Your Resources”, all Hand-embellished collages on wood, available for £600 directly from the Saatchi Gallery or online. “Altered States’ runs until 30th October in the Saatchi Gallery Print Studio