Jake and Dinos Chapman create an Exquisite Corpse at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings

By Culture24 Reporter | 27 August 2013

Exhibition preview: Exquisite Corpse, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, until October 2 2013

A photo of a monochrome etching of a sea-like mythical multi-limbed figure
Jake Chapman, Dinos Chapman, Exquisite Corpse XX (Rotring Club) (2000)© Jake and Dinos Chapman
Of all the by-products of Museums at Night 2013, Jake and Dinos Chapman’s multi-limbed exhibition, developed in partnership with Hastings’ newest gallery, is surely one of the most idiosyncratic and gruesome.

These eight etched figures come from the series of images the show takes its name from. The participatory twist back in May came from the technique with which each character is created – based on the Surrealists’ take on the game of Consequences, each body’s composite parts are drawn by individuals working in disconnected tandem, drawing different parts of the anatomy on different folds of the same piece of paper.

As you might expect from an idea inspired by a pair known for skulls, eyeballs on stalks, spurting liquids, orifices, writhing organs and animalisms, these reconstituted composites bear the artists’ imprints. Critical scrutiny notwithstanding, it’s an idea indisputably concocting more than the sum of its merged parts.

  • Open 11am-5pm (6pm Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday). Admission £3-£8 (free 4pm-8pm first Tuesday of each month, family ticket £20). Follow the gallery on Twitter @jerwoodgallery.
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