The Gagosian Gallery is pleased to announce the first major New York exhibition of Dinos and Jake Chapman. The exhibition is entitled Six Feet Under. The gallery will be transformed, as Jake Chapman describes, into "a mass graveyard", littered with skulls and overlooked by the Chapmans' brand of zygotic sculptural figures.
The London-based brothers both graduated with MA's from the Royal College of Art and began their on-going collaboration in 1991. Since then, they have become best known for their zygotic figures - grafted and re-worked mannequins of children often incorporating re-positioned genitalia, as most extensively shown in their 1996 exhibition Chapmanworld (ICA London). The child-monster figures are cast in shapes that are reminiscent of mythical creatures and freak show Siamese twins. These works succeed in their intention to shock but leave a far more lasting impression. As Robert Rosenblum describes in his review of that exhibition, "the Chapman look cuts deepest into our own art world of eerily virtual human realities.... I suspect that Chapmanworld will go on spooking our lives, whether we're in SoHo or Toys'R'Us or just looking in a mirror." (Artforum, September 1996).
The Chapman brothers' work has been exhibited at the ICA Boston and at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis A catalogue surveying the Chapmans' work and including an interview with Robert Rosenblum will accompany the exhibition.