Tim Noble & Sue Webster
• Clothbound, clamshell box and comprises:
• A 10” record made by Noble and Webster
• Record sleeve photography by Dennis Morris
• A 104-page hardback book, featuring original interviews by Jon Savage (England’s Dreaming) and Hans-Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine), photographs and artworks
• 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.”
Tim Noble and Sue Webster
The artists are best known for their ‘shadow sculptures’ in which they use discarded rubbish, animals and other matter that are then illuminated from a single light source creating portraits of themselves. Their work also includes light sculptures which elevate the kitsch of low art forms, such as Las Vegas strip hotels and tattoo parlours, into iconic tropes of pop art. Since their first solo show in London, British Rubbish, 1996, they have enjoyed international recognition.
Dennis Morris is an internationally acclaimed photographer who is well known for his seminal photographs of The Sex Pistols. Several books of his work have been published, among them Bob Marley: A Rebel Life, and he has held exhibitions in the UK, Japan and Canada.