gilbert & george: jack freak pictures exhibition gilbert & george: jack freak pictures exhibition
sep 10, 2009

gilbert & george: jack freak pictures exhibition

war dance 151 x 190cm 2008

designboom visited the baronian_francey gallery in brussels where gilbert & george will show their latest series to date – jack freak pictures. the exhibition will officially open tomorrow, september 11 and run until 31st october, 2009 alongside brussels design september.

this show which contains the largest number of pieces so far, gilbert & george continue to explore themes that have been precious to them for a number of years. in their recent works they have continued to break down the rules of social propriety with a calmness and a detachment that are very english.

in these images, the english flag, the map of the district of east london (fournier st.) where their studio is located, trees, graffiti and medals are all subjects from which they draw an intriguing and universal narration.

as very often happens in their work, gilbert & george are once again protagonists of the pieces. their faces and their bodies appear in numerous images. thanks to computer processes they are represented in a stylized and often distorted way in a metaphor of human beings attached to their social, religious and sexual norms.

hide 226 x 254cm 2008

flagwood 226 x 254cm 2008


harvest dance 226 x 190cm 2008

exhibition view image © designboom

hélène van den wildenberg, gilbert and george image © designboom

luckily designboom was able to meet up with gilbert & george. we had a friendly chat with the duo from which we are happy to present these two short videos. enjoy.

gilbert & george portrait © designboom

gilbert and george discuss their jack freak pictures.

  • I would have liked to hear their answers regarding their trademark format – the large grid, a picture broken into sections -. Why?

    Will says:
  • maybe because it unifies the body of work and heightens its monumental quality

    Doug R. says:
  • The configuration in a grid of vertical, horizontal and diagonal architectural forms makes a knowing nod in the direction of Minimalism, as propagated by Donald Judd and Carl Andre, which by the mid-1970s was gaining credence as an international art movement.

    taken from a Sotheby's catalogue says:

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