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Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

Chapman Brothers Sculpture Sex (2009) at Winchester Gallery Event

10:00 - 17:00
7 May 2012 - 31 August 2012
Winchester Gallery, WSA Campus University of Southampton Park Avenue Winchester Hampshire SO23 8DL

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Dr Stefanie Van de Peer on 02380596925 or email .

Event details

Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media is proud to announce the loan of the Chapman brothers' 2009 sculpture 'Sex', courtesy of the White Cube Gallery and the Winchester School of Art's Professor of Speculative Research Jake Chapman. The loan marks Jake Chapman's professorial appointment to the Winchester Centre.

The sculpture

Sex was previously exhibited in 2009’s ‘Shitrospective’ at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin. The works produced for this show were ‘retrospective models’, cardboard and poster paint miniatures of well-known Chapman brothers’ artworks originally produced as full-scale pieces crafted from more precious materials, sans maquettes. Sex traces the Chapmans’ continuing engagement with Goya’s Disasters of War series. Great Deeds Against the Dead in 1994 was the Chapman Brothers’ first reworking of Plate 39 from Goya’s series of etchings. Reproduced as a life-sized sculpture using modified nylon mannequins, this work featured in the Royal Academy’s divisive 1997 exhibition ‘Sensation’. 2001 marked another sensational turn in the Chapman’s on-going fascination with Goya’s series, when, obtaining a 20th-century print-run of the 19th-century etchings, the Chapmans painted emendations onto the prints. These critical additions thematically included the motif of clown heads. In 2003, Jake and Dinos Chapman were nominated for the Turner Prize. The accompanying exhibition at Tate Britain entitled Injury to Insult to Injury, included the appropriated Goya ‘collaborations’. Also on display were two new painted bronze sculptures: Sex (2003) and Death (2003). These works have subsequently been included in Tate Liverpool’s Chapman retrospective ‘Bad Art for Bad People’ in 2007.

In the 2003 version of Sex, the Chapmans returned to Plate 39 of the Disasters of War. This time, however, the mannequins were replaced by horrifically decomposing clownish bodies offered in painted bronze. Together with Death (a painted bronze rendering of blow-up dolls posed in flagrante delicto), Sex constitutes a sculptural diptych. It is this work which Sex of 2009 reimagines in seemingly naïve form. The initial impression of child-like construction belies the work’s actual structural complexity, both in terms of its physical make-up and conceptual underpinnings, as well as its nuanced connections to the Chapmans’ overall intellectual project.

With irreverently playful interrogations of war and representation, art and its histories, and their interconnections, the Chapmans often negotiate darkly humorous territories challenging audience expectations. It is this spirit of provocative enquiry that aligns Professor Chapman with The Winchester Centre, which is critically concerned with art, design and media practices of thinking, making and representation.

Winchester Gallery

The sculpture was installed at the Winchester Gallery on Wednesday 7 March 2012, alongside WSA postgraduate students’ Interim Shows, which run until mid-March. Sex (2009) will be on show throughout the spring, culminating in Professor Chapman’s inaugural speech. The date of this event will be announced soon.
and or visit the Gallery.

Winchester Gallery, Winchester School of Art, Park Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8DL

Speaker information

Jake Chapman,Professor of Speculative Research at WSA will make an inaugural speech about his appointment at some point over the Summer. Times and Venues to be announced soon.

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