The exhibition consists of 10 banners scrawled with graffiti-like typography with statements that read like Gilbert and George's 10 commandments. Each phrase, including 'DECRIMINALISE SEX', 'BAN RELIGION', 'GOD SAVE THE QUEEN' amongst others with more expletives, is repeated three times. It seems the message of each banner falls flat, and what has been described by the White Cube as answering 'prejudice with prejudice' has been lost on these crudely executed works. Not only are the words empty, but the process of repeating them three times, feels necessary, rather than having the hard-hitting force the pair were presumably attempting to create.

The concept behind banners has small similarities to their 1970s piece ''Dirty Words'' which used the juxtaposition of graffiti and photography of social inequality in London's East End. However, ''The Banners,'' do not emulate the same impact their works once had.

Fans of the duo will not fail to notice that their humour is missing from these works. What Michael Bracewell describes in his catalogue essay for the exhibition as ''each propose the disruption of modern conventions or sophistry as a means of encouraging individuals to think for themselves,'' in fact leaves the viewer cold and questioning the motive of these sterile works.

However, the language of the works does set out to do what to duo wanted, it is straightforward and it becomes the visual. Perhaps the works had more meaning when they were held up by Gilbert & George at the Serpentine Gallery's ''Extinction Marathon'' in 2014, where the pair stood in silence holding the banners up to the audience. On the walls of the White Cube, the viewer is left not delving into society's ills, but cold and empty.

Gilbert & George ''The Banners'' is at White Cube, Bermondsey, until January 24th 2016.

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