Tim Noble, Stroud, 1966
& Sue Webster Leicester, 1967. United by their fascination with
the mechanics of the media and advertising industries, and by the
notion of the young British artist as celebrity. They employ a wide
variety of visual styles, combining and confusing the spectacular
and the mundane in a manner best described as consistently inconsistent.
Noble and Webster had their first two-person exhibition at the Independent
Art Space, London in 1996. Its title, 'British Rubbish', made clear
the pair's determination to tackle head on the stereotypes and hyperbole
generated by and around the 'Sensation' generation of young British
artists collected by Charles Saatchi. They set out to test the boundaries
of the club to which they nominally belonged, questioning the lazy
nationalistic and self-congratulatory attitudes upon which it was
constructed. In their 1994 fly-poster, The Simple Solution, Noble
and Webster had collaged their own faces onto the trademark be suited
bodies of Gilbert and George, grandes dames of the British art world.
'British Rubbish' displayed the same irreverent spirit but, in the
wake of much-reported survey exhibitions such as 'Brilliant: New
Art from London' at the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, took the
critique a stage further.