Tim Noble and Sue Webster are London-based artists whose work combines assemblage, light, shadow and humor. They aggregate objects and debris into self-deprecating works that bridge two realities. At first glance, we see jumbled piles of trash, the familiar by-products of a throw-away society. The piles evoke the aftermath of a binge, the hangover from a party that went on too long. We soon discover, however, that the piles are in fact precise constructions that cast crisp, figurative shadows under directed light. The trash and detritus in these works is real and immediate; it is in our face, a rejection of our usual “out of sight, out of mind” approach to waste management. And by shining a light on these “anti-monuments,” the artists literally expose the people who are behind this mess. The silhouettes we see are masterful self-portraits and a confession of the artists’ own role in the rubbish revolution. But these projections also symbolize the elusiveness of accountability, as our brains struggle to perceive the trash piles as the culmination of the small choices we make every day. Throughout their careers, the artists have collected the cast offs of others, building a stockpile of broken furniture, stepladders, crates, and other discarded goods. They salvaged these items for unknown future uses, refusing to acknowledge them as waste. And as they transform these rescued items into increasingly-abstract and spatial feats of portraiture, they give us hope that ingenuity and creative reuse can light the path to human progress.
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