Lot 365: Jake and Dinos Chapman (b. 1962 and b. 1966)
Post War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Sale
May 14, 2009
New York, NY, USA
Jake and Dinos Chapman (b. 1962 and b. 1966)
Excess Energy Expenditure Page
graphite, spray enamel, ink, printed paper collage, rhinestone, clay, and found objects on paper
58¼ x 92½ in. (148 x 235 cm.)
Executed in 1995.
Jake and Dinos Chapman make a myriad of iconoclastic mixed-media works that weave together a vast range of associations using material from all areas of the cultural landscape including philosophical theory, art history and consumer culture. The present work is a collection of ideas drawn as they were realized into other fully developed works. In this drawing, the brothers boldly profess, "Enough ace ideas for the next million years for the universe." They engage with inflammatory subjects and use subversive strategies to produce works that defiantly refute straightforward interpretation. The black humor that pervades the Chapman brothers works is undercut by the craftsmanship and painstaking labor evident in their execution; they are expert draftsman, engravers, model-makers and wood carvers. Jake and Dinos Chapmans aim is to unearth the contradictions and hypocrisies present in contemporary culture, posing questions but providing no answers.