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Tim Noble & Sue Webster

Nihilistic Optimistic

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Celebrated British artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster have collaborated with The Vinyl Factory and acclaimed punk photographer Dennis Morris to created a gatefold 12" edition of a spoken word piece to accompany their major new show, Nihilistic Optimistic. 

The 12" accompanies two Tim Noble and Sue Webster exhibitions; Nihilistic Optimistic at Blain|Southern, which opens on Wednesday, October 10 (Ends November 24); and NO at The Vinyl Factory’s space in Chelsea, opening Friday, October 12 (Ends November 4).

Product Details:
* Gatefold double 12" featuring special edit of Tim & Sue spoken word piece Nihlistic Optimistic
* Two heavyweight 180-gram records, one white, one black, pressed on the legendary EMI 1400 at Hayes, Middlesex
* Spoken word recorded direct-to-disc at Electric Mastering, West London, Summer 2012
* Sleeve photography by Dennis Morris (Sex Pistols, PiL, Bob Marley)
* Limited edition of 150, each hand signed and numbered by Tim & Sue

Nihilistic Optimistic is Noble and Webster’s first major solo show in London since 2006, and features six large-scale works which build upon the artists’ ongoing investigation into self-portraiture.

NO is made up of 11 iconic portrait photographs of the artists taken by Dennis Morris. As well as his celebrated work with the Sex Pistols and Bob Marley, Morris was instrumental in creating the seminal sleeves, logo and metal box for John Lydon’s band PiL.

Says Sue Webster: “Two of my all-time favourite album cover's, Iggy Pop's The Idiot and David Bowie's Heroes, were both inspired by the same painting, Roquairol by the German artist Erich Heckel. And so when we approached iconic photographer Dennis Morris to create an image for the cover artwork of our own record, I immediately wanted to capture the essence of the leather-clad Bowie from 1977, and to mix this with the portrait of John Lydon that adorns the cover of Public Image Limited's seminal album First Issue, taken by Morris back in the day.”

This limited edition is available to order exclusively from The Vinyl Factory.



Tim Noble and Sue Webster
The artists are best known for their ‘shadow sculptures’ in which they use discarded rubbish, animals and other matter that are then illuminated from a single light source creating portraits of themselves. Their work also includes light sculptures which elevate the kitsch of low art forms, such as Las Vegas strip hotels and tattoo parlours, into iconic tropes of pop art. Since their first solo show in London, British Rubbish, 1996, they have enjoyed international recognition.

Dennis Morris
Dennis Morris is an internationally acclaimed photographer who is well known for his seminal photographs of The Sex Pistols. Several books of his work have been published, among them Bob Marley: A Rebel Life, and he has held exhibitions in the UK, Japan and Canada.