Tim Noble & Sue Webster

Instant Gratification
November 10 - December 22, 2001

Tim Noble & Sue Webster - Instant Gratification
Instant Gratification, 2001
US 1$ bills, bulldog clips, MDF, formica, perspex, 3 electric fans, slot machine mechanism, plastic tokens, light projector
30 x 30 x 87-3/5 inches (76.3 x 76.3 x 222.5 cm)

Photo by Douglas M. Parker Studio

Opening reception: Saturday, November 10, 6 – 8 pm

Gagosian gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition in Los Angeles by London based artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster. In this exhibition, the artists pursue a continuing fascination with the thrills of illumination, love, language, shadows and cash by producing brand new works inspired by the ostensible glamour of Beverly Hills.

The title piece Instant Gratification is triggered like a Las Vegas slot machine. Insert a token in the money machine and before your eyes a flurry of real dollar bills attempt to obscure a projected vision of the artists' self portraits in a postured kiss on the lips. When the dollars settle, the image is once more complete, magically rendered from an apparently formless mound of dollar bills.

The main gallery space will feature a huge light piece that reads Forever. In a "Flamingo Hotel" style font, flashing bulbs and chasing neon strips climax in a dazzling 20ft long display. This, Noble and Webster's most ambitious work to date, perfectly situates the fusion of brash seduction and poignancy so often integral to their work. Pair of Dollars, two giant shimmering dollar signs, occupies upstairs gallery space. These overstated symbols, basking in golden light, mesmerize the viewer in scale and intent.

Tim Noble and Sue Webster have worked together since meeting at Nottingham Polytechnic in England during the late 1980's. They have exhibited extensively and internationally, including The Royal Academy, London; Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Modern Art, London and Deitch Projects, New York.

A full color catalogue will accompany the exhibition with an essay by Larry Johnson.

For further information please contact the gallery.