Jake and Dinos Chapman have been some of my favorite artists to emerge from the YBA’s. With each show they seem to step up the level of gore, shock, and grotesque imagery mixed in with historical and cultural themes. For the past year, Jake and Dinos have been working in separate studios to produce a series of works in isolation from each other. Only in the staging of their current show at Whitecube will each become aware of what the other has done. Unlike Gilbert & George, for whom Jake and Dinos worked at times as studio assistants, their practice is not one of ‘singular duality’. They have always discussed, debated, argued and on occasion fought over creative and cultural ideas, but in this exhibition they will scrutinise and confront the whole idea of creative collaboration. Hear the brothers discuss the process for creating this show, get a walk through of the show, and hear them talk smack about fellow YBA artist Tracy Emin after the jump.
The French really do design the heck out of home goods! Moustache is another French design firm designing some of the most exciting new chairs and home items around. And like any new artist they reference the important works that came before them enough to seem familiar, while adding their own touch to make it feel brand new. And using a Versaille’s-like setting for their campaign? Pretty brilliant.
Indonesian pixel pusher Agan Harahap’s photographs that juxtapose images of super heroes into vintage wartime historical photographs are down right amazing! These images are so well made that I’m starting to really believe that batman was a commie!
Van Arno’s surreal narrative paintings are heroic figurative works featuring religious, folk, pop culture, and mythical heroes in whirlwind scenes that fall in the tradition of fellow low brow painters such as Robert Williams and Todd Schorr.
Angela Bacon Kidwell’s photographs come from her long obsession of exploring how her subconscious generates dreams. She uses a variety of props and constructed sets to create images of what a waking dream might look like.
As you may or may not be aware, we recently released our latest book titled Future Perfect into the wild. Today we’re proud to present to you guys the video flip through of book 6. This is especially useful if you’ve yet to order the book, as it allows you to take a glimpse into your near future. And as you can see in the preview above, the Beautiful/Decay book series is 164 pages of rich imagery and ad-free articles. Support your fellow artists and the publication that champions the underdog. Purchase your copy of Beautiful/Decay Book 6 today!