16.1.11

The Urethra Postcard Art

Gilbert & George
White Cube Mason's Yard
15/01/11

Although Gilbert and George often like to be the subject of their own works, The Urethra Postcard Art exhibition strips down their long-standing engagement with commercial images and text to the bare minimal. Using adverts found inside phone boxes and the typical tourist postcards of London, G&G have created seven individual groups of postcard pictures, all with the same formal composition: 13 identical postcards - a continuous rectangle of cards with one single card in the central space -  to mimic the sexual symbol used by one-time theosophist C.W. Leadbetter (a rumoured freemason).
The forceful unity of this composition creates an intense visual language, all cards are treated with the same sense of scale and aesthetic despite displaying sexually transmitted diseases and prostitution alongside national identity.