Scream Gallery’s Summer Party

by Katie on August 8, 2011

We were there for the art but the people watching was equally as hot.

Scream’s the type of gallery that pulls you in with the temptation of huge, seismographic, in your face, contemporary works that thrill in their triptastic visionary outlook and we weren’t disappointed.  But, being August, the legendary rammed nature of the gallery on preview nights had diminished and it was actually (*shocked face*) possible to view the art.  Of course, it was still humid and hot…something to do with the low ceilings apparently, but the hip West London meets Mayfair throng spewed onto the street like Bohemian peacocks and magpies, which was kind of relevant  as they tended to mirror Derek Santini’s dark, masterful and jaw dropping 3D work, The Magpie, spotlighted in the window.  

Santini’s lenticular process involves photographing a sequence of still images, using live models, which are layered and printed using a special technique under a ribbed plastic sheet acting as a lens.  This then results in a hologram-like effect when the viewer passes – this illusion of depth is a trick on the eye that winks suggestively and holds your gaze.

The intensity of colour and shape used in Malgosia Stepnik’s work reflects the inner workings of the human psyche and appear, for all sakes, like an art form of the famous Rorschach test where subjects interpretations of inkblots are used to define personality characteristics and emotional functioning.  If Ms Stepnik is is intending to confront our psychological well-being as well as to entertain, then she’s hit a rich subject matter.  Her psychadelic works (or should that read psychodelic?) have names such as Intensity and Catharsis, showing her Psychology studies  background.  From a similar background myself, I’d be more impressed by a Rogerian or Jungian interpretation but that’s a whole other matter.

More straightforward and glitzy were Russell Young’s American counter culture works that feature actress Sharon Tate (in ‘Babydoll’ pictured above) before her premature demise at the hands of cult leader, Charles Manson and a star on full beam, Marilyn Monroe, entertaining the troops in Korea.  These works are touched by Hollywood fairie dust and act as huge signifiers of the cult of fame and celebrity.

Check out Scream at 34 Bruton Street.  See what the young, rich and successful are collecting now.

Images appear by kind courtesy of Scream Gallery and are the copyright of each of the artists concerned. 

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