Tim Noble and Sue Webster are known for magically transforming garbage into art.
They sculpt piles of street rubbish, studio debris, and taxidermy animals into astonishing representations of life with “real” shadows of the artists themselves hovering over their accumulations of discarded objects.
These abstract forms mysteriously reverse the abstraction into figuration.
Noble & Webster have created a remarkable group of anti-monuments in their twelve-year career, mixing the strategies of modern sculpture and the attitude of punk to make art from anti-art. Their work derives much of its power from its fusion of opposites, form and anti-form, high culture and anti-culture, male and female, craft and rubbish, sex and violence. It is an art of magic and illusion, but it is also an art of direct experience, by combining elements of sculpture, advertising and the persona, the artists have succeeded in making their lives and the experience of the viewer part of the art.