Dead Boards No. 11


Mixed media, in nine parts

60.6 x 50.2 cm (23 7/8 x 19 3/4 in.) (each, framed)

Dead Boards No. 11 is a composition featuring nine analog photographs showing a wood floor and the two artists, Gilbert & George, who are portrayed in a humorous, tongue-in-cheek manner. The relationship between the images is developed on the wall: the ones that do not show the artists compose a cross motif, as highlighted in the title. The artists appear in the photographs positioned in each angle. They pose leaning against a door and holding a cigarette as the accomplices of this dramaturgy.

This post-modern polyptych furthers the concept of Living Sculpture (1969) whereby the artists identify as “Living Sculptures”. These photographic works stem from the public performances Singing Sculpture during the day and Drinking Sculpture at night.

Gilbert & George's Dead Boards No. 11 was first shown by the Pinault Collection in the exhibition The Illusion of Light at Palazzo Grassi, in 2014.