Gil­bert & George Doing It Their Way

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Ten years ago Gil­bert & George gave up the ar­ti­sa­nal tech­nique they used to make their pic­tures in fa­vor of the com­pu­ter. The work they have concei­ved on this tool has ta­ken on a new di­men­sion. The pro­li­fic duo have crea­ted eight new sets of pic­tures, in­clu­ding the

which re­pre­sen­ted Great Bri­tain at the Ve­nice Bien­nale in 2005, and the

crea­ted spe­cial­ly in 2007 as the fi­nale for their re­tros­pec­tive at Tate Mo­dern. On the oc­ca­sion of their ex­hi­bi­tion at the Thad­daeus Ro­pac gal­le­ry, they go back over this recent crea­tive per­iod and, for the first time, ana­lyze the im­pact of this tech­no­lo­gy. For these ar­tists who, from their de­but, de­fi­ned them­selves as Li­ving Sculp­tures, art and life are one. Over the last for­ty-five years their pic­tures have been drawn ex­clu­si­ve­ly from their mul­ti­cul­tu­ral neigh­bo­rhood in Lon­don’s East End, bet­ween the City and the Mus­lim quar­ter of Whi­te­cha­pel. Dee­ply concer­ned by the rise of Is­la­mism and by the re­vi­val of re­li­gion more ge­ne­ral­ly, Gil­bert & George of­fer their unique pers­pec­tive on the cru­cial ques­tions of our time. Ten years ago, too, Fran­çois Jon­quet em­bar­ked on a long conver­sa­tion with the ar­tists, which he re­sumes here.(1)

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