The provocative duo are on top form in this homage to their hero Goya currently on show at Blain Southern London.
For their first exhibition since leaving their previous gallery White Cube Jake & Dinos Chapman have expanded on their career-long preoccupation with Francisco Goya’s series of etchings, The Disasters of War.
‘The Disasters of Everyday Life’ presents, their latest body of sculptural work in a dialogue with three full sets of Goya’s prints, each set substantially reworked, vandalised and altered in a different way by the Chapman brothers.
On display are the artist’s latest series of controversial bronzes, each an accurate recreation of a suicide bomber’s explosive vest. The Chapmans allegedly trawled YouTube clips of terrorists to designs the vests, which are also reminiscent of Jeff Koons’ bronze snorkel vest and aqualung works.
Craig Burnett, director of exhibition at BlainSouthern explained the new works:
“When they came in, part of the surprise was how beautiful they are as objects, as sculptures.
I think the surface is beautiful, the form is beautiful – there is a kind of mundanity to the object itself … but, of course, there is an implied violence: it is an explosive device.
Beauty is a difficult word, it means a lot of different things … the way I’m using it now is in terms of a quality that is seductive; you want to look at it, you want to analyse it, you want to engage with it as an object.”
In our gallery, we currently have editions from ‘Bedtime Tales for Sleepless Nights’ a series of coloured etchings by the artists. The prints are taken from the children’s book of the same name created by Jake & Dinos Chapman.
The portfolio was inspired by vintage children’s illustration, each print has been given a sinister and disturbing edge by the rabble-rousing artists.
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