The Fundamental Pictures
- Henderson, Schuyler
- Date of entry: May-22-2007
- Last revised: May-18-2007
The Fundamental Pictures consists of a series of some 39 scultptures, most involving juxtapositions of bodily execretia - sputum, tears, urine, semen, feces - in monumental close-up; the tears, urine and semen are captured through a microscope, dessicated and crystalized. The sensational titles of the individual works, such as 'Piss Faith' and 'Spit on Shit', are fairly accurate in describing the central themes of each work. In some of the montages, Gilbert and George appear, pink and naked, against a kaleidoscopic backdrop of bright, magnified bodily fluids; in others, they are dressed in their familiar suits. They were exhibited at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, in 1997.
Gilbert & George: The Complete Pictures, 1971--2005 (Hardcover) by Gilbert & George (Author), Rudi Fuchs (Contributor) March 2007 London: Tate Publishing)