Gilbert & George have been hoarding the bills at their studios in Fournier Street, east London, where they have lived and worked for 40 years. They are something of an institution and there are people who will hang around the street in the hope of spotting the two on their regular walks.
Most of the bills in the new show are from Gilbert & George’s normal hunting ground around Spitalfields and Liverpool Street, in east London, but some betray a wider journey – N7 GAS TERROR AS COPPER THIEVES STRIKE, for example, which features the postcode for Holloway. “We went to north London for dinner,” said George.
The bills are a reflection of a society that we are all complicit in, the artists said.
“It is quite extraordinary that you have this slogan, this poster every single day and everybody just moves on. The next day it’s another one. This is life standing still,” said Gilbert.
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