ARTIST:

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson
The Pianist (after Robert J. Lang) (2 views and 1 detail), 2005
Blue tarp, paper, stainless steel
147x 340 x 198cm

Matt Johnson’s sculptures delightfully explore the paradox of visual forms through unorthodox and surprising materials. The Pianist (After Robert J. Lang) pays tribute to the American physicist and master origami artist who has astounded with his mathematically complex objects crafted from creased paper. Rendered life-sized, Johnson’s giant origami masterpiece is made from one 50 foot piece of tarp folded into the shape of a concert grand piano and player, humorously honouring genius with floppy monumentality. Johnson’s choice of blue wrapping is a clever reference to Yves Klein – whose signature International Klein Blue (also a scientific marvel) is synonymous with sublimation and glamour – theatrically elevating his wonky musician to iconic design status.

Matt Johnson
Malus Sieversii, 2008
Carved maple and acrylic paint
9.5 x 7 x 7 cm

Titled after the very first species of apple from which all other ‘forbidden fruit’ has evolved, Johnson’s Malus Sieversii is a life sized wooden carving of the fruit most associated with computers and record labels. Within its mostly eaten flesh, Johnson’s etched a miniature Escher-esque staircase, winding endlessly up and down the core. Drawing on both religious and scientific references, Johnson’s hand-crafted emblem of original sin humbly poses as a microcosm of sublime wonder and contemplation.
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Thursday, 26 November 2020: COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

Following the UK Government’s latest announcement placing London in Tier 2, Saatchi Gallery will re-open from Wednesday, 9 December 2020. We will re-open with our free entry Ground Floor exhibitions (Philip Colbert: Lobsteropolis and Antisocial Isolation) from December 9. The new dates for our next headline exhibition JR: Chronicles will be announced shortly.

Government guidelines on health and safety measures will remain in effect, including social distancing within a one-way system in our galleries, the provision of hand sanitising stations, and the wearing of face coverings by visitors and staff. All visitors are encouraged to pre-book their tickets prior to entry.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.