It was good to be able to view this documentary a couple of times over the last week. I was struck by how collaborative and modest he is. It was also enlightening to discover how he was one of the artists who tried to push beyond the YBA by not be restricted to traditional forms [such as painting and sculpture] but to make more ephemeral, more collaborative work. It is an interesting paradox that he was inspired by Andy Warhol and his factory as it made him aware of the range of art that was/is possible.
It was also quite liberating to hear JD discuss his broad definition of what constitutes art and his view that he makes simple art about simple ideas that is readily understood - he ascribed this to not having been influenced to be too obtuse as he had not gone to art college. But this also seems to resonate with how Gilbert & George view their work as accessible. I too do not want my work to be too obtuse - rather I intend it to be accessible and understandable to a broad range of viewers.