Segments in this Video

"Dirty Words Pictures" (05:03)


Gilbert Prousch and George Passmore describe the evolution of their creative process. The Serpentine Gallery launches an exhibition of the artists' work.

"Balls: The Evening Before the Morning After" (04:29)

Gilbert and George discuss their meeting at St. Martin's School of Art and subsequent collaboration. The pair refers to themselves as "Living Sculptures." Negative images remove the artistic hand.

"The Pictures" (05:44)

Gilbert and George discuss how religion influences their sculptures. Kunsthaus Bregenz launches an exhibition of the artists' work. Everything in the world is connected by money, sex, religion, and race.

"Flying S*** Wheel of Death" (04:23)

The East End has become more social in recent years. Gilbert and George describe their creative process designing in miniature and taking breaks. The artists are trying to reduce the amount of people who help them.

Launching an Exhibition (05:07)

Gilbert & George feel they know better than other art professionals and are outsiders. It is important to have an element of pleasure in one's life. The duo does not consider themselves British artists or create ironic art.

Credits: Gilbert & George (00:29)

Credits: Gilbert & George

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Gilbert & George

Part of the Series : theEYE, Series 2: Painting and Video Art
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Gilbert Prousch met George Passmore at St Martin’s School of Art in 1967. Since then they have famously lived and worked together as Gilbert & George, creating an extraordinary body of provocative artworks. They have exhibited themselves as “Living Sculptures,” documented the banality of their daily lives in London’s East End, and, since the late 1970s, produced vibrant, challenging photographic collages. This video profile of Gilbert & George features a characteristically deadpan performance of themselves. Sex, money, race, and religion, they explain, are four themes at the heart of their art. Their interview is complemented by images of many of their works, including the remarkable Dirty Words Pictures made in 1977, together with important collages of the 1980s and 1990s. Asked if their work, and their personas, are ironic, Gilbert says,” We always think it’s struggle enough to drag something out from inside of ourselves onto that wall without trying to be strange or odd about it. We wanted to be absolutely painful truth,” George adds. “I really believe it has to be painful.”

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL194729

ISBN: 978-1-64867-374-0

Copyright date: ©2002

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

“1980’s The World of Gilbert and George is really only interesting as an unwitting document of its time, but theEYE, an extended interview on the pair, is fascinating…” Guardian Guide, 17 February, 2007

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