|Titre :||Gilbert [and] George : Twenty London East one Pictures 2003|
|Auteurs :||Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Auteur ; Anne Prenzler ; Eric Troncy ; Lóránd Hegyi|
|Type de document :||texte imprimé|
|Editeur :||Paris - Salzbourg : Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 2004|
|Format :||94 p. / Broché ; ill. coul. / 24 x 30 cm|
|Langues:||Anglais ; Français ; Allemand|
|Index. décimale :||B (Monographies)|
|Catégories :||CORPS ; GILBERT & GEORGE ; LETTRE ; LONDRES ; PAROLE ; TRAIT|
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is pleased to present the latest works by Gilbert and George, the charismatic figures from the world of contemporary art.
Everyone knows that there are two of them, but they tend to be considered as just one artist, representing both the subject and the object of their work. "When there are two of you, you can never have any feelings of self-doubt," they repeat, whilst adding, "we like the image to have a real in-your-face quality about it, and we want people to be affected after viewing our works*." Or "infected", as the case may be with these latest works, where Gilbert and George share centre-stage with crabs on street signs bearing the names of the roads around their London home: Public Places / Pubic Lice.
Their silhouettes sometimes appear to adopt almost comic-like postures: it is the war of the crabs, with their magnification adding to the fear that they instil. In other works, their bodies have a ghostly appearance or are headless, as if on the road to destruction or fading away. The microscopic world emerging victorious over the macroscopic world. The graphic style draws on the format used for their initial works in the 1970s: a nameless style, a neutral photographic technique, a presentation in the form of standard signs and a restricted colour code (white, black and red). It could be said that we are at the height of tropism in art with Gilbert and George.
Don't get us wrong, there is no irony in these works: Gilbert and George's art is intended to change things, albeit subversively. This latest series continues with their exploration of an infra-world (the series on excrement, spit and blood molecules have already been presented at Galerie Ropac in 1998 and then at Fiac in 2000). In this case, pubic lice symbolise the world of the infinitely small, living and teeming amidst the crowds of people bustling along Charing Cross Road and Fournier Street. Figures that are frozen, as they can be seen in these postures, and attacked by these parasites. Gilbert and George claim to be advocates of a form of art that speaks to everyone indiscriminately: they have become the object of their works like human symptoms, "living sculptures" set on glazed paper: "The artist is the canvas, and that is what we are becoming." [ropac.net]
|Note de contenu :||Biographies|
|Edité à l'occasion de l'exposition :||Paris, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, du 12 juin au 24 juillet 2004 ; Saint-Etienne, Musée d'art moderne, du 17 novembre au 20 mars 2005 ; Hanovre, Kestnergesellschaft, du 28 avril au 17 juillet 2005|
|11691||B / GIL||Livre||Centre de documentation||Monographies||Exclu du prêt|