Paul Noble

PAUL NOBLE <i>Welcome to Nobson</i> (detail), 2008–10 Pencil on paper 178 x 281 1/2 inches  (452 x 715 cm)


Welcome to Nobson (detail), 2008–10
Pencil on paper
Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, London

Welcome to Nobson, 2008–10
Pencil on paper

Welcome to Nobson (detail), 2008–10
Pencil on paper

Heaven, 2009
Graphite on paper

Cathedral (detail), 2011
Pencil on paper

Epic and breathtaking work by Paul Noble. The scale, detail and imagination of this artist is unbelievable.

Gagosian’s Press release

“Noble’s intricate graphite drawings describe Nobson Newtown, a place composed of labyrinthine edifices and deserted topography embedded with modules of dense detail. Employing cavalier projection—a cartographical method characterized by a high viewpoint—Noble meticulously delineates a wealth of elaborate architecture and open urban spaces. These phantasmagorical landscapes allude to sources as diverse as ancient Chinese scrolls, Fabergé eggs, Henry Moore’s sculptures, and paintings by Hieronymus Bosch. The encrypted fictions of Nobson Newtown are dizzyingly complex—visual articulations of the tensions between disorder, perversion, and logical 
schema. “

Charlie Smith Gallery

Jonathan Baldock- Portrait with mask
Acrylic and pencil, watercolour, gold pen and black ink 

Dale Adcock- Discussing Fate, Holding Kerosene and One stop Brotherly Vigil,
 watercolour and ink on paper

Reece Jones screen 3
charcoal on paper with polymer varnish

Andy Harper – A song to Dance to
Oil on paper

Gordon Cheung- sleepwalker
 study on paper

Tim Parr, untitled
Pen on paper

Chris Jones and Vicky Wright, Witch’s tit 
Oil and collage on book cover

Christopher Hanlon untitled (palm)
oil on hardboard

Andrea Gregsson- Toy shop
     Pen on paper

Francesca Lowe- Flutter
oil on paper

Nessie Stonebridge- A piece in Fund 300 lines
pencil and charcoal on paper

Nadine Feinson- untitled
oil on paper

Charlie Smith Gallery has just opened this intriguing exhibition of small works from over 80 artists. Here are some of my favourites. It really is worth a visit. 

Two ‘peeled’ photographs courtesy of Hales Gallery in Bethnal Green. 

Galpin scores and peels the emulsion from a photograph to create a new image. His work reminded me of comic book art, with its outlined edge and  graphic aesthetic. Each edited strip provides a trace or glimpse of the original photograph, but due to the complex scored surface,  it  is almost impossible to determine. The process in creating the  work is meticulous and delicate, yet the imagery is explosive and energetic which creates a really interesting tension.

Richard Galpin is showing at Hales Gallery in Bethnal Green until 19th November 2011

Pipilotti Rist Eyeball Massage

Pipilotti Rist’s exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, still lingers in my thoughts, as a swooshing, jangling, fruity and juicy residue. Dimly lit, glowing, with scatterings of soft cushions, people quietly walked amongst the videos or lay sprawled in clusters, broken only by an uncontrollable outburst of laughter from time to time. There were moments when you were immersed in the video, walking through white curtains, which circulated you into a centre, or could sit or walk through video projections. The video, no longer a rectangle on the wall, but bent around objects, such as  a glass sphere inside a handbag or hidden inside a model of a room.  I think I need to go back one more time.
Hayward Gallery
28th september to 8th January