Installations

Tim Noble and Sue Webster – Nasty Projectionists

Posted in Installations, Light/Illumination, Sculpture, Shadow on April 19th, 2011 by Moose – 1 Comment

Nasty. There really isn’t another word to describe the works of Tim Noble and Sue Webster. The British duo have collaborated on projects since 1996 that have spanned the realms of light and shadow, illumination and the dark, yet are, for all intents and purposes, trash.

Dirty White Trash (With Gulls)

Dirty White Trash (With Gulls)

Don’t assume that this is any critique of the work from the connotation of the word. The artists may take the statement as a compliment. While Noble and Webster create many lighted sculptures, another oft-used medium of the pair is that of used goods (i.e. trash). The work that Noble and Webster display, however, is not just the created pile of trash (which in the case of Dirty White Trash was 6 collected months of the artists’ trash and a pair of dead seagulls), but the projection of the shadow of the work from a fixed position. Their first shadow sculpture, Miss Understood and Mr Meanor, drew huge crowds when they exhibited it in 1997.

Miss Understood and Mr Meanor

Miss Understood and Mr Meanor

Keeping with the theme of heads on pikes, Noble and Webster presented Dark Stuff over a decade later: another pair of unfortunate crania, this time crafted out of 189 mummified animals including rats, crows, and a fox.

Dark Stuff

Dark Stuff

The shadow work of the artists is not always as macabre as impaled, disembodied heads. Quite a bit of their work, both light and shadow, is lighthearted and easily relatable, or at the very least, uninterested in the topic of death, at least on the surface.

Wasted Youth

Wasted Youth

The Original Sinners

The Original Sinners

A common focus in their shadow sculptures are couples (Noble and Webster having been partners for some time before marrying in 2008 may have played a part in their subject matter), many which are seen as self portraits. Each work is painstakingly created out of innumerable pieces of trash, each painstakingly placed to ensure the shadow is created with striking detail. But not all of their works are based on a pair of lovers or compatriots. Sunset Over Manhattan brings a skyline to life out of aluminum cans, peppered with holes created by air pistols.

Sunset Over Manhattan

Sunset Over Manhattan

While each work is designed to be viewed from a certain perspective for the shadow to appear properly, not all works have a single shadow. For Cheap and Nasty, an electronic mechanism rotates the pair of faces between two different views. The work at once shows duality within a person, a being and a façade, each hidden in the shadow of the other.

Cheap and Nasty

Cheap and Nasty

Cheap and Nasty (alternate view)

Cheap and Nasty (alternate view)

Yet, at the very heart of their pieces, there is a universally dirty, yet natural and accepted, quality to their work.

HE/SHE

HE/SHE

Are Noble and Webster’s sculptures nasty, or are they just plain rubbish? Let us know below.

Article found via WebUrbanist.
Photos courtesy ofDeitch and Gagosian.
The artists’ personal webpage.

Peter Fuss Is Not In Love

Posted in Installations on March 2nd, 2010 by Moose – 1 Comment

What has Peter Fuss so down in the dumps? My guess is a sour relationship somewhere along memory lane may have been the inspiration for “Three Billboards About Love.” The Polish artist installed the following street bilboards in 2007, on St. Valentine’s day.

Peter Fuss - Three Billboards About Love

Fuss’ billboard display in Ochrona, Poland is a testimony to relationships without love. Each of the billboards paints a clearer picture than the last on the story and emotions of a fictional, unloving couple displayed in silhouette on the billboard.

Peter Fuss - Three Billboards About Love

The billboards are set between what appears to be an apartment complex, and across from a famous, chain restaurant, making them highly visible and well trafficked. The subject matter is adult, without being lewd or obscene, provoking discussion, mockery, and intrigue across the minds of a diverse public audience.

Peter Fuss - Three Billboards About Love

Who says Valentine’s day is for lovebirds? Love it? Hate it? Vote below.

Article found via Art Culture

Street Fare – Mark Jenkins

Posted in Installations on March 2nd, 2010 by Moose – Be the first to comment

Street installations are interesting creatures. So is Mark Jenkins whose artwork has graced galleries, schools, parks, and waterfronts from Amsterdam to Seoul to Washington, DC. Mark has created a number of street installations which make pedestrians and motorists do double-takes, and sometimes cause them to stop dead in their tracks.

Winston-Salem, NC - Mark Jenkins

Jenkins successfully takes the ordinary, the mundane, and the overlooked, and thrusts it into public view where people are forced to take notice. A number of Jenkin’s figures are cast from box sealing tape and the more recent of these figures (often casts of his or another person’s body) are clothed to give the appearance of realism to the figure on the street, as opposed to the initial clear figures for which he was first most famous for.

Bordeaux, France - Mark Jenkins

Jenkins’ Storker project “drops” figures of babies cast in his tape style into urban environments, in which at least 100 figures have been installed globally.

Washington, DC - Mark Jenkins

Who should handle the packaging tape? Jenkins, or UPS? Vote below.

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