On 17 April the Saatchi Gallery
opened Rainbow Scenes, an exhibition of works by the artist SKU, in the Prints & Originals Gallery. All but two of these works have been newly created for this exhibition.
The overriding theme of the exhibition is how we, as individuals, are subjected to wider cultural, economic, moral and political forces in society. Once section of the exhibition deals with the impact of these forces on us individually as we absorb such influences into our minds and our bodies. A second section deals with the projection and promotion of values in symbols and propaganda. A final section includes works that represent a call to arms an encouragement to re-boot the world, to press CTL+ALT+DELETE.
USI II and USI III are the second and third parts of a series of paintings reflecting upon the cultural conflict that has been taking place throughout the century to date. Initially conceived in 2014, these works reflect upon the nature of empire, morality, propaganda, nationalism and the clash of value systems at the heart of current global politics. The works are provocative and illicit different responses from different audiences.
Potestas Alternus Delere is the artists translation into Latin of Ctl+Alt+Delete. The issues facing mankind and our planet require a fundamental re-boot of our ideas and behaviour. Each word has been rendered in a typeface selected by the artist as significant for that concept.
SKU is based in London. The artist does not have any social media accounts or website. The work of the artist is currently being exclusively presented by the Saatchi Gallery.
The name SKU derives from the economic term Stock Keeping Unit. SKUs usually take the form of product numbers or barcode identifiers. For the artist it appears that each of us is increasingly a SKU a bundle of assets to be monetised and a consumer of services.