Art Talk: Gilbert & George at Ropac Gallery in Salzburg

A couple of weeks ago I met the artist couple Gilbert and George for the opening of their exhibition THE BEARD PICTURES, ( till the 5th of October 2018) at Thaddeus Ropac’s Gallery HALLE in Salzburg.

The art talk with this British artist duo was great fun and their vision on life goes beyond their art, also they are famous for living the kind of art they create.

Read 6 Visions we captured from this art talk to fuel your own life with creativity and thought.

1.WHY BEARD SERIES?
We thought of beards a lot lately, religious bears, Hipster beard, etc. . If you think that long time ago, when we had just became artists you couldn`t get a job in the gastronomy wearing a beard and today if you haven’t a beard you won’t get a job, it is this Hipster phenomenon that inspired us for the series.
DID YOU EVER THINK OF GROWING A BEART? Certainly not.

2. HOW ABOUT YOUR WORK, THE GAP?
At one point every one of us has to use the gap in the fence to escape. Open eyes and mind help you find this gap and use it. We are fascinated by tramps, people who live on the street and who haven’t found their gap or used the wrong one.

You know these shops where you find things people no longer need, because they have died and no one else needs their thing? These abandoned shops, they are full of ideas and stories from other people’s life and give us inspiration for our work.

 

3. HOW ABOUT THE FUTUR?
If you think how things were and how they are today, everything got so much better, we are grateful about that. Just sit down and think about it looking at your own life in society.

Our dream is to win and to be loved, winners are always loved.

4. PERFECT MATCH.
You are so match alike when did you realise you match? We needed each other, what I can do he can’t and vice versa, we are two people and one artist. Two together we had the strength to do it, especially when we started to become artists. Two is always better than one.

 

5. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT KEEPS YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT?
Not a lot.  We have a small group of friends
We don t worry much. We are content, we only want to do our vision in art. We enjoy the substance, the trees the people, the sun . It is really very simple.

6.FEMALE POWER, HOW COME YOU NEVER PAINT WOMEN?
There are certainly mostly pictures from the female figure in the art world already. That is because men always had the check book, especially when it came to buying art. We wanted to equalize that.

IRMA travels the world, writes and illustrates the life she lives.

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