Tim Noble & Sue Webster
• Record sleeve photography by Dennis Morris
• Limited to 200 copies worldwide, each hand signed by Tim & Sue
Nihilistic Optimistic is Noble and Webster’s first major solo show in London since 2006, and features six large-scale works which build upon the artists’ ongoing investigation into self-portraiture.
NO is made up of 11 iconic portrait photographs of the artists taken by Dennis Morris. As well as his celebrated work with the Sex Pistols and Bob Marley, Morris was instrumental in creating the seminal sleeves, logo and metal box for John Lydon’s band PiL.
Says Sue Webster: “Two of my all-time favourite album cover’s, Iggy Pop’s The Idiot and David Bowie’s Heroes, were both inspired by the same painting, Roquairol by the German artist Erich Heckel. And so when we approached iconic photographer Dennis Morris to create an image for the cover artwork of our own record, I immediately wanted to capture the essence of the leather-clad Bowie from 1977, and to mix this with the portrait of John Lydon that adorns the cover of Public Image Limited’s seminal album First Issue, taken by Morris back in the day.”