Jake and Dinos Chapman: My Giant Colouring Book
I wonder how Jake and Dinos Chapman would have reacted had someone told them in 2004 that their etchings defacing children colouring books would end up being shown in a cozy family exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Amusingly, the curators placed the works at children's level so you have to bend down to have a look at them. Children, however, are too busy running around the train models, teddy bears and robot displays to care about the exhibition Jake and Dinos Chapman: My Giant Colouring Book
Most of the etchings on view at the museum are based loosely on join-the-dots drawings from children's picture books. Except that the artists strayed from the assigned dot-to-dot path and devised a word of their own. The subjects include sabre-toothed owls, psychedelic grinning cats and bears trapped in the belly of the Loch Ness monster. In describing the series, Dinos Chapman said: "(They) are about how wrong you could make an image."
Jake and Dinos Chapman: My Giant Colouring Book is up at V&A Museum of Childhood in London to January 8 2012.