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More of the macabre from The Chapman Brothers

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 01:20

May 22 - British artists The Chapman Brothers present their latest installation in China, depicting the end of the world and violent conflict. Tara Cleary reports.

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Confrontational and grotesque - that's how many see Jake and Dinos Chapman's latest installation, on show in Hong Kong. But Jake finds the work less ominous. SOUNDBITE: Jake Chapman, artist, saying (English): "It's as pessimistic as we can make it really. But it's pessimistic in a joyful sense. Fatalistic in a joyful sense. There's nothing foreboding about this. It doesn't serve any kind of moral end. It's just a sculpture, it's our hobby." The fourth in a series of the brothers' 'Hell' landscapes, 'The Sum of all Evil' occupies the entire ground floor of the gallery. It features miniature models of Nazi soldiers, as well as characters from fast food chain McDonald's set in a violent, apocalyptic landscape. SOUNDBITE: Jake Chapman, artist, saying (English): "You know that if McDonald's represented the idealism of fast food and space race, now it's consistent with the dilation of the ozone and a litigious clown who's lost his sense of humor. So saying that, we couldn't fail but be gravitated towards that content.'' Also on display are four new sculptures which expand on the themes from 'The Sum of all Evil' and a series of found paintings by unknown artists.

More of the macabre from The Chapman Brothers

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 01:20

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