Pierre et Gilles Interview: Paris Art

THIS INTERVIEW IS TAKEN FROM paris-art.com (there is one great quote which is in blue)

By Pierre-Evariste Douaire

“A Perfect World” your last exhibition at the Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, seems to venture into politics? Gilles. It is a continuity in our work.We always took pictures so-called political as The Little Communist , at the death of Communism or the Pink Triangle. If in this exhibition there are more, it’s a chance. We are working on several series at once. Each painting is an opportunity to present an overview of our research. We like to take our time. Guide our planning meetings, arouse our curiosity and sharpen our desire to work with future models.Nothing is ever decided in advance.

Prefer the news or variety? Gilles. News and variety are not opposed to us.Reality has always been our working basis. Everything inspires us, even things that may seem superficial at first, fun and joyful. We never choose a subject at the expense of another. The variety seems nice, but it also has its dark side.Things of everyday life the most insipid can be as violent as TV images of the newspaper, and vice versa. All the same value. There is gravity everywhere. For “A Perfect World” we had fun mixing series between them. Instead of filing, we preferred to cause incongruous encounters like the one that is next to Johnny Mathis and an Iraqi soldier [ Flowers of Shanghai and Iraq War ]. These two views are complementary and that’s what makes them interesting. In any case it is this kind of confrontation that we have at heart to stage. This mixture is characteristic of life. The photos that you describe as “political” have their place in the exhibition because they are surrounded by all the others. Make only one policy would snap pictures shaving.

You are more nai; fs and political. David and Jonathan , one Arab and one Jewish embrace is an ad for Benetton? Gilles. That way we do. It is described by many as very Sulpician. Everyone can see this picture as he wants. Everyone has the right to react differently. The picture was not premeditated. The draftDavid and Jonathan was built progressively. The idea of a yarmulke and a keffiyeh has been blown by Odon Vallet, because it was not comm ent style characters at the start.Both hats were then imposed. In general the final form of the original intentions often away.

You fluoroscopy the world of variety? Gilles. The variety is present but there is not much.Peter. We work w ith actors, artists, strangers, especially strangers. For “A Perfect World”, there are only four celebrities on thirty shots: Pascale Borel Valerie Lemercier and come and go, for Mireille Mathieu and Sylvie Jolie, they appear as icons, but by them, that’s all.

You prefer multiple or single room? A record sleeve in tanks or a single draw in the gallery? Gilles. We started working in the press, to make blankets, album covers, to photograph our friends.Everything moved gradually and slowly. It took eight years for the amounts our first exhibition was in 1983. At the beginning of our meeting, in 1976, we did not expose because art was dominated by the wave concept. As for photography, it was black and white and very classic. The c olour was then very unpopular. We did not have our place in this environment. The unique piece is obvious to us as we paint out of the picture. Managers are also of importance and a role to play, so we take great care to develop them so that they are most consistent with the image. We have always loved the diffusion and large prints because we have always worked with the magazine, published postcards and books.We love the catalogs. See people come away with, to see them happy, it’s great. But the original remains unique for the simple reason that the paint on the picture will never be reproduced exactly.

Exhibiting in galleries allowed you to gain freedom? Gilles. Exhibiting in galleries allowed us to show our own work. Before disposing of this case no one had the opportunity to see because all our energy was devoted to the press. …

Pierre et Gilles: Directors :)

As well as photographers Pierre et Gilles ventured into the world of video, their style was wanted by artists for music videos.

Lamur – Tu Es Foutu

 Marc Almond – A Lover Spurned

“It’s hard to think of contemporary culture without the influence of Pierre et Gilles, from advertising to fashion photography, music video, and film. This is truly global art.” – Jeff Koons.

Pierre et Gilles handmake all their sets and edit the images themselves, it is very much their style which has made them iconic especially in the gay community. Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard are life-partners, both love art and use their skills to create what they assume to be the ultimate beauty, bright contrasting colours and strong use of glitter reflect there love for beauty.

“Pierre photographs the model and Gilles painstakingly retouches and hand-colors the print, highlighting each detail to create a vivid and colorful world of aesthetic perfection as dreamed up by the artists.” – taken from coolhunting.com

‘Pierre et Gilles’ by Taschen

This book is practically the summary of Pierre et Gilles working lives together. Pages 12-65 pages feature a visual timeline of their lives. These are some of the quotes that relate to religion.

“On returning from India, Pierre et Gilles start working on religious themes and saints. They make several videos, TV ads for La sardine and jingles for Canal+.” – 1987 (Page 36)

“At the same time as their work on the saints, they explore ,mythological themes” – 1988 (Page 38)

And these are some of the Images with reference to Religion

‘Sainte Marie MacKillop, Kylie Minogue 1995’

Saint Mary MacKillop was canonised in october 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI, 101 years after her death, she is the first Australian Saint to be recognised by the church. For part of her life she was Banned from the Church because of her involvement in helping to expose a sex-abusing priest. Pierre et Gilles’ photography depicting Kylie Minogue as her cannot be in celebration of her being canonised because the image was taken 15 years before it happened, this leads me to think that they have a strong knowledge of the Catholic church. In fact there is a picture in this book that suggests this too.

“Gilles on the first day of his communion”

This is a photo of ‘Gilles on the first day of his communion’, there are no images of pierre’s childhood in relation to religion, so this is something i will definitely have to explore more.

‘Diane, Naomi Campbell, 1997’

This portrail of the Roman Goddess Diana, (the huntress and protector of the wild) uses Naomi Campbell at the height of her modelling career. Are they referencing the way we view celebrities? like gods? are they making a strong comment on our celebrity cult society? probably.

The List of celebrity represented as religious icons goes on…
Claudia Schiffer as Venus


 These are the Representations of Christianity in this book…


The book talks about Pierre et Gilles’ travels to India and home their religious work started after this, could it have been the Hindu religion that made them so interested in art, and maybe offered them a culture shock, going to work which still idolises and lives by gods, not celebrity like the West.

These images are two of my favourites of Pierre et Gilles’ work, the colours representing femininity and masculinity compliment eachother well and realte to the story of Krishna and


Ancient Roman/Greek