Severed heads, piles of trash and hanging out – optical illusion art by Tim Noble and Sue Webster

Severed heads, piles of trash and hanging out - optical illusion art by Tim Noble and Sue WebsterDirty White Trash (With Gulls) 1998Six months’ worth of the artists’ trash 


creates their silhouettes.(Click to enlarge)
These three deceptive works were created by artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster.

"Carefully assembling seemingly random formations of ordinary junk or taxidermic animals and then lighting them from just the right angle, the artists achieve virtuoso likenesses in the resulting shadows. In some of the works, the shadows depict lighthearted, kitschy, or even romantic scenes that contrast sharply with the vulgar materials that create them…"

– Guggenheim Museum

Severed heads, piles of trash and hanging out - optical illusion art by Tim Noble and Sue WebsterKiss of Death, 2003An homage to the Tower of London, the artist’s heads are impaled on stakes.(Click to enlarge) 

Severed heads, piles of trash and hanging out - optical illusion art by Tim Noble and Sue WebsterThe Crack, 2004, a view in daylight.It looks like an assemblage of junk without the correct lighting.(Click to enlarge) 

Severed heads, piles of trash and hanging out - optical illusion art by Tim Noble and Sue WebsterThe Crack, 2004, a view in spotlight.The junk is revealed: a portrait of the artists.
(Click to enlarge)
– The Emblem of Earthly Vanities, Tate Etc>>
– Guggenheim Online Collection>>
– Guggenheim bio>>
– The Crack, Artnet>>

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