British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman have opened a pop-up store at UTA Artist Space in Los Angeles. The pop-up has been designed to complement the world-famous artist duo's first exhibition in the city: 'To Live and Think Like Pigs', which is open until 11 March.
Design by UXUS, this is the second collaboration with the Netherland-based design agency and the Chapman Brothers, following their first ever store 'F**king Hell das Shop', located in the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District, for which UXUS transformed an abandoned massage parlour into an evocative exhibition and retail experience.
For the LA pop-up, UXUS was tasked to provide an alternative and informal way to engage with the artistic duo's latest works on display. The agency applied its Art X Design philosophy to design a retail space that offers a multi-dimensional experience, where guests can choose how they interact and engage with the art. Visitors have the chance to pick up a memento at the pop-up shop, where culture meets commerce.
The Chapman Brothers are known for their signature smiley faces, which brand the pop-up, inviting curious passersby for a flash culture fix.
Visitors to the exhibition are exposed to motifs that highlight human decay, nodding to darker themes, Nazi war crimes, Satanism, and the perversion of political conflict. Upon entering the space, guests will encounter the artists' Victorian portrait series. 'Disasters of War IV' and 'Human Rainbow II' are also on display; both series examine themes drawn from the Second World War.
Further to the exhibition, visitors will find one of the infamous 'Hellscapes', an unsettling diorama that marries comedy with horror.