'We want our art to speak across the barriers of knowledge directly to People about their Life and not about their knowledge of art. The 20th century has been cursed with an art that cannot be understood. The decadent artists stand for themselves and their chosen few, laughing at and dismissing the normal outsider. We say that puzzling, obscure and form-obsessed art is decadent and a cruel denial of the Life of People'.
As politically correct as Swine Fever these two darlings of art defy most every precept of the creative world apart from being hugely inventive and dazzlingly absurd. They challenge like no other artist from Great Britain does. Age has not slowed their output nor their creativity. They exist to think and challenge us to do the same. This is what good art does. It does not suggest or if it does then it suggests you think. It reflects life in all its grim reality and sometimes what it shows is less than pleasant.
"We have a free press."
"Fuck the Vicar."
"Be candid with Christians."
"Jerk off a judge."
"Crucify a curator."
"Molest a mullah."
Trying to pigeon hole either of the G's into anyone given political party is a damn hard thing to do. They could just as easily be anarchists as they could founding members of UKIP. They claim to have liked Margaret Thatcher suggesting she did a lot for art. They also admit to being monarchists and admiring Prince Charles. I care not one whit where they place their X for their art says all that needs to be said on that subject. They are free thinkers in every sense of that phrase. They seem less that happy with organised religion which as far as I am concerned is no bad thing.
"Socialism wants everyone to be equal. We want to be different."
In an art world filled with Liberal's they are a refreshing alternative yet conversely able to be equally, if not more, progressive. If the G's are conservative then they make even that fact absurd.
"We don't have anything to say except with our pictures." - Gilbert
"We don't want to think. It's exhausting enough without that." - George
"We're just Gilbert and George and that's it." - Gilbert
Russell Cuts the Corn From The Brewers Whiskers.