Grounds: The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, but not the Mineral Rights comprises three large-scale sculptures entitled The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Towering as high as 8 metres, these impressive corten steel works will be placed amongst the beautiful woodlands at CASS. The title is said to have been taken from a quote by the oil and art tycoon J. Paul Getty and alludes to the darkness behind these child-like sculptures. These clumsily lovable herbivores invite audiences to view the work with a sadistic humour typical of the Chapman Brothers.
Main Gallery: Two Legs Bad, Four Legs Good derives from the Animalist mantra of George Orwell’s classic novella Animal Farm. In the book, as the pigs become more human their rallying cry gradually morphs into the similar but completely antithetical slogan ‘four legs good two legs better’, thereby establishing a new hegemony over the other animals – exactly what they sought to eradicate. The myriad of crafted creatures includes a bucket of eyeballs floating in blood, a cow defecating, a collection of ominous crows, a sheep suffering from hemorrhoids and a demented looking farmer.
Jake & Dinos Chapman are known for iconoclastic sculpture, prints and installations that explore the political implications of religion and morality with sardonic humour; often using the distance of history to illustrate the monstrous effects they can have on society. The brothers graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 1990 and have collaborated ever since. They achieved notoriety in the mid-1990s when their sculptures were included in the Young British Artists showcase exhibitions Brilliant! and Sensation. In 2003, they were nominated for the Turner Prize.