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Graphic horrors at London’s Whitecube.

The Chapman brothers think the whole idea of fetishizing the artist is rubbish. Interviewed at their new show at the Whitecube, they argue that the work should be the focus and that the artist’s opinions, inspirations and existence are all rather irrelevant. So enough of them, let’s look at the art.

Like A Dog Returns To Its Vomit displays the entire backlog of the Chapman’s graphic works. Hundreds of framed etchings and drawings burst across the gallery. On two walls the frames are arranged in the shape of a dog – in one case defecating, in another eating its shit. Many of the groups of works reinterpret Goya – particularly the Disasters Of War and Los Caprichos series. Another cycle of images is created on top of children’s colouring book images and dot-to-dots.



The results are violent, disturbing, funny, ironic, dirty, horrific, transgressive, surreal and absorbing. They recall Hans Bellmer drawings, Ernst collages, psychedelic drug experiments, teenage sexual doodles, horror film fantasies… The artists attack and rework images, playing with the originals’ ideas and warping them to reflect modern existence. The images are filled with blood, skulls, death, murder, spiders, floating eyeballs and monsters. A teddy bear grows fangs as its rotting stomach spews out of its fur. Goya’s characters gain oversized ears, rows of fangs, Nazi uniforms and McDonald’s-like noses as they murder and cannibalize.

Together, the images form a torrent of thought - a reflection on the onslaught of horror in daily experience, the media or our minds. These pictures highlight how art can be a process not just an object.


Francesca Gavin 20 October 05
Jake & Dinos Chapman - Like A Dog Returns To Its Vomit is at the Whitecube, London, until 03 December 05.
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comment by rowan    Jan 8, 2008
Oh dear - http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/art/2008/01/the_chapma...

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comment by akanortynick    Nov 21, 2007
Thank God for that - The Chapman brothers think the whole idea of fetishizing the artist is rubbish. Interviewed at their new show at the Whitecube, they argue that the work should be the focus and that the artist’s opinions, inspirations and existence are all rather irrelevant. So enough of them, let’s look at the art.
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comment by DPN    Oct 20, 2005
This is a sh*t hot exhibition, and get's my high rating! Note the splat! Worthy of your eye and time. Check out the Chapman brothers, the've been following the masters; bringing out their own version showing the frustrations of art, like religion following the masters, tuck around that Scarfe and Searle in to a shimmy with the dog putting their own humour on progression their slant, parody; so to brother's entwined. While we can see the admiration a tribute to Gilbert and George. Moving through history. The concept addresses us all
'the dog goes back to it's own shit.'
The headless humour of Etchasketchathon seemed to represent a Mother of a joke, being driven headless by a present.Glen Baxter comic fun and newspapers Fred Bassett, Gigantic Fun, or is it a dream going wrong, as I moved on through thoughts of Dali, we can all get something out of art like these brothers are producing.
One minute I was with Viz and the next a Goya. I can see the confusion, but, art is i a line of progression and memories that may end in many end in threads worms or silk worms. I saw that dream by Chagall in there somewhere hidden . DPN
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