Gilbert & George, London Fog, 1973
work in 53 photos in glass frames
cm 183 x 1097
LONDON FOG is the biggest piece created in the MODERN RUBBISH series, composed of 53 elements of different sizes. In this series of 13 artworks, the artists as ‘living sculptures’ find themselves in a world of inebriation and groggy from drinking. In early 1970s, the artists installed small black-and-white images in figurative patterns; later they adopted orthogonal grids, increasing the scale of their works. While the form is constantly changing, their interest remains in abstracting experiences of all kinds, investigating the fears, obsessions, and emotions shared by individuals especially when confronted with the themes of sex, race, religion, and politics. LONDON FOG, first presented at Sonnabend Gallery in New York in 1973, has not been exhibited in the last 40 years.