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4 Aug 2014

BEN QUILTY AND WILL COTTON

August is typically a rather slow month for art. The must-sees are still riding mainly riding on the wave of overtly political shows that defined art in London in July. This weekend sees the last chance to catch some of the city’s most exciting new exhibitions. Top on the agenda is newcomer, Australian painter Ben Quilty. His show, nestled in Chelsea’s cosy confines at the Saatchi Gallery closes on Sunday. Also on into August is the latest exhibition by candy-coated, hyper-real, surreal portraitist Will Cotton, at Ronchini Gallery.

Ben Quilty makes his UK debut with his Rorschach paintings. His work references the inkblot psychoanalytic technique used to examine personality traits and its interpretations are reborn in his work. The most striking of the series is a reflection of two faces looking upwards, and as we gaze upon his imperfect abstractions we try – as is human nature – to find a point of recognition.

As much as this is a comment on the human condition, Quilty is also exploring on his role within the museum. His wall-based installation – a mural of black spray paint – is as a reactionary statement, not just to this current display, but to how artists place themselves within the institution. He muddles low-brow graffiti with the pristine white washed walls of the Saatchi Gallery, and aims to subvert hierarchies within art. It’s a highly commendable analysis, and is very engaging, regardless of his politics.