Dirty White Trash (with Gulls). 1998 .................(shame on me, I forgot to keep
Tim Noble & Sue Webster. ............................notes for this work & its artists)
These two works are exhibited in different floors at the Monument-to-Now art exhibition. It is as if there is no connection between them. Nevertheless one can feel a kind of continuity including in the same unity even the work whose photo is presented in the previous post; a periodical repetition of the same idea that is emphasized each time in different ways. It is not only a matter of similar technique - which is by itself something original and a smart, I would say. More than that is a matter of symbolism. I was thinking about several ways of 'reading' (interpreting) the three works. The kaleidoscope of binarism has many aspects.
One approach could remark the three different stages of human relations: being alone (photo of previous post), being apart (dirty white trash), coming together (the third one). The binarism refers not only to the system (is it a really binary one after all?) 'man / woman', but also to the dual perception of space 'foreground / background' <=> 'things (in first plan) / human figures (in second plan)' <=> 'real (aptable things in first plan) <=> unreal (shadows in a second plan)'. One step further, we could make several associations not only between the human figures of the three works but also between the three diverse things in each foreground; that is, fragments of machinery <=> garbage <=> money!
Even worse when one takes account of a fictitious continuity of the works - as if it were series. Like that the being-alone-stage does bring us associations of the fragments of machinery which have no soul or which sell our soul but in the same time this, as a unity is just a chain of a triple system. In the same spirit the being-apart-stage feels like garbage - or does it derives from the consumarism of society and becomes its garbage? - but as a whole such behaves as another chain of the system. For the money thing... I guess, no explanation is needed.
Just some ideas. Or else it' s all about how art can stimulate your inner mechanism - spiritualize, conceptualize, sensualize...
PS: Don't miss (in the website) the virtual tour all around the rooms of the gallery