„There is nothing so black as the black within. No blackness is as black as that. We’re aware of the phenomenological presence of the void but are also aware that phenomenological experience on its own is insufficient.” J & D Chapman
First publication on Polish literary market about art of Jake and Dinos Chapman, are one of the most recognizable and controversial artists from the Young British Artists’ circle, which agglomerated in the 90’s many well known British artists, such as Damien Hirst, Mona Hatoum or Marcus Harvey.
The publication, designed in an intriguing way, besides outstanding photos of Chapman brothers’ work, contains an exclusive interview with the artists and erudite essay by Rod Mengham, who is the curator of the exhibition.
„The Chapman brothers have created some of the most powerful and challenging artworks of the last two decades, including sculptures, installations, paintings, etchings, films and performances. Their output has covered many of the most important traditional themes of the western art, but always with a topical urgency and unparalleled inventiveness. They are now perhaps best-known for their ’Hell’ vitrines and their series of etchings after Goya, ‘The Disasters of War’, and both of these projects feature in the exhibition at the Rondo Sztuki Gallery in Katowice. Their work has engaged repeatedly with the after-effects of atrocity, injustice and abuses of power, but always with an unsettling mixture of outrage and comedy, elegy and farce. Their dual career has been one long act of subversion, a sustained critique of the age that is both intellectually and viscerally disturbing.
The Chapman brothers are some of the most provocative, contemporary artists. Their work combines the friskiness of children’s imaginary with common memory of the European catastrophe. It is humorous and frightening at the same time, pleasant and disgusting, which confuses the viewer profoundly. "
/ Rod Mengham, Jesus College, Cambridge
Details of the publication:
Texts: Rod Mengham, Marjorje Allthorpe-Guyton
Edited by: Rod Mengham
Proofreading: Olga Nowak
Translation: Grzegorz Kozłowski
Graphic design, layout, typesetting: Zofia Oslislo
Publisher: Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris, BWA Contemporary Art Gallery in Katowice
Year and place of publishing: Katowice 2011
Bilingual edition: Polish and English
Hardcover + box
The project was realized in cooperation with the White Cube in London.
The book was published after an exhibition in Katowice, during ⅩⅨ Ars Cameralis Festival. More about the exhibition: Jake & Dinos Chapman: In the Realm of the Senseless.