Saturday, December 04, 2004

Gilbert and George @ Sonnabend

The latest offerings by this witty pair of kooky artists are by turns interesting, intriguing but ultimately disappointing. Interesting in the use of graffiti-like lettering, scrawls and scribbles; intriguing in the use of bi-lateral symmetry; but I found the works to be cold and distant in part due to the "low-tech" tiling of smaller panels to make up each larger image In person the work look like Kinko-produced knock offs.
Gilbert and George on Artnet
I still smile when I think of their "most appealing painting" created by polling the likes and dislikes of many people to create the image. And don't forget their work with the paintings by elephants...

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