Shadow Portraits

7 Jan
Shadow Portraits by floorvan
Shadow Portraits, a photo by floorvan on Flickr.]

Tim Noble and Sue Webster use household waste, scrap materials and taxidermy animals to create shadowy profiles on blank walls. The one pictured is called Dirty White Trash (with Gulls).

Jeffrey Deitch, the director of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, writes:
“Dirty White Trash (with Gulls) is a confluence of beauty and filth, form and anti-form. It is a work of art made out of the process of its own conception, an embodiment of formalist logic. At the same time, it is a negation of everything that formalism stands for…The artist is at the center of the work. It is deliberately entertaining, and revels in its own theatricality.”

The piece represents a cycle. The six months worth of beer bottles and crisp packets, once reformed and illuminated, create a shadow of two smoking and drinking figures. These habits allude to our most wasteful evenings which leave arid landscapes saturated with empty cans and packed ashtrays. So the cycle continues. We should be aware of our waste. It preserves the environment and thus the shadows that exist within it.


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