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Chapman Brothers

Jake and Dino Chapman's  My Giant Colouring Book (work inspired by children's colouring book pages and transferred  through a light-sensitive process on to copper plates) is scandalous and transgressive because it associates horror and childhood at the same time, the dark imagery of the unconscious. It shows surrealistic interventions: monstrous creatures, macabre incidents are revealed by prescribed dot-to-dot formation. The ironical, hallucinate, monochrome images which subvert the apparent innocence of the original illustrations.

"It is about how wrong you could make an image. How you could use nodal points and ignore them at the same time" Dino Chapman

Jake and Dino Chapman's, My Giant Colouring Book, 2004

"By the time we die we will have done everything – flower arranging, pottery, origami… We have no signature style; the work is recognizable for its attitude, not its form." Dino Chapman

"That’s what we do. We present the viewer with a puzzle. We put an injunction on speedy consumption, by refusing to offer a straightforward aesthetic experience. And to defend the integrity of the work, we produce a bit of turbulence that makes it more than a simple sip – of art." Dino Chapman

Jake and Dino Chapman's, My Giant Colouring Book, 2004


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