Tim Noble and Sue Webster on the making of Portraits From the Bottom Up, watch the video here.
Continuing to explore their investigation into self-portraiture Tim Noble & Sue Webster have produced work for Portraits from the Bottom Up including an edition of ten bronze works and a series of unique monoprints.
These sculptures are cast bronzes of the artists nipples and arseholes, wall mounted, to challenge the brain by reflecting the positioning of the eyes and mouth.
‘If they say that necessity is the mother of invention, then the original concept for this obscene series of body part prints was born from just that. During a residency on one of the most beautifully passive and colourful of the Caribbean Islands – we found ourselves banished in order to create. Unfortunately this idyll rendered us impotent and we retracted back into our darkened room and turned to our bodies for inspiration.’ Sue Webster.
Tim Noble and Sue Webster are known for 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.
Since their first solo show in London in 1996, British Rubbish, Noble & Webster have had many solo exhibitions including The Freud Museum, London, 2006; CAC Malaga, 2005; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2004; P.S.1/MoMA, New York, 2003; Milton Keynes Gallery, UK, 2002 and Deste Foundation, Athens, 2000. Their first public art installation Electric Fountain, was unveiled at Rockefeller Plaza, New York, February 2008. Their work is in the permanent collection of the Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; Artis-François Pinault, France; Chaney Family Collection, Houston; Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens; The Goss-Michael Collection, Dallas; Honart Museum, Tehran, Iran; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Project Space 176–The Zabludowicz Collection, London; Saatchi Collection, London; Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.