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30 hand colored gelatin silver prints mounted on Masonite
- Dimensions (H x W x D)
overall: 119 in x 119 in; each image: 23 5/8 in x 19 5/8 in
- Collection Area
- Object Type
- Credit Line
The Blanche Eloise Day Ellis and Robert Hale Ellis Memorial Collection
- Accession Number
© 1983 Gilbert & George
In Up God eight sullen young boys with luridly colored flesh and clothing are posed as if on display. The lush, saturated colors and gold and silver leaf imbue Up God with its brilliant and decorative surface, ironically reminiscent of a stained glass window and thus at odds with the work's undertones. Angels’ wings are suggested at upper left and right, but their heavy, sharp edges connote danger rather than salvation. The black grid created by the abutting metal frames serves as a disjunctive device, deliberately destroying the viewer's impulse to easily decipher an obvious narrative.
1995 Hard Choices: Works from the Permanent Collection Portland Art Museum