Alastair Noble

Moment I-V Mount Analogue, 2013
(Modius Bands) paper and graphite, written text- quote from Mount Analogue by René Duamal, 2 x 18 x 20 inches, installation height variable. $350 each
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Mayakovsky/Brooklyn Bridge V, 2004
Book sculpture – Aluminum, 9 x 3 x 6 inches. $2500




Paradigm (Mayakovsky), 2004
Book sculpture – Aluminum, 14 x 14 x 9 inches. $3500




Blake Illuminated, 2002
Book sculpture – Stainless Steel, 18 x 10 x 5 inches (base 15 x 15 inches). $4500 (CONTACT THE GALLERY)
Mapping Arcadia: Isle Martin and A Topography of Place, 2010
Artist’s book box set with various artefacts. Printed & Published by the Visual Research Centre, Dundee University, Scotland, UK. Edition of 50, 1.5 x 8.25 x 8.25 inches. $900




Mapping Arcadia: Isle Martin
Concertina folded Silkscreen print (as in the box set noted above) printed front and back with text by poet Alec Finlay. – Printed & Published by the Visual Research Centre, Dundee University, Scotland, UK. Edition of 60, 8.25 x 8.25 x .25 inches. $550.




Statement

My artistic practice is a response to literature, architecture and the natural environment. These investigations take the form of sculptures, installations, public art commissions and environmental interventions supplemented by prints, drawings and artist’s books. Particular sites are revealed in the context of specific passages in literature, poetry or philosophical texts. Authors I have examined include: Blake, Wittgenstein, Mallarmé, Mayakovsky and Marinetti. Poetic texts often appeared as a major structural element within my sculptures such as; Blake Illuminated 2001 in which slots in metal pages replace the words of a William Blake poem Earth’s Answer. The 19th century Symbolist poet Stéphane Mallarmé in particular, the unique typographical layout of his poem Un coup de dés jamais n’ abolira le hazard 1897 (throw of dice will never a null chance), has played an important role in my work and has been transformed into numerous sculptural forms. An illuminated open book of marble with the text Le Tombeau de Stéphane Mallarmé 2000 inscribed over the surface was made to celebrate the poet. Mayakovsky’s five-page poem the Brooklyn Bridge1925 was also the subject several sculptural structures.

The labyrinthine narratives The Library of Babel and On the Exactitude in Science by Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges are the catalyst for my current projects. BABEL- a series of architectural sculptural structures that include fragments of poetic texts invoke the complexities of the library and Mapping Arcadia – a series of environmental interventions that explore alternative methods of mapping the land.

Biography

Alastair R. Noble is an environmental/installation artist and printmaker, his cross-disciplinary practice engages in contemporary cultural issues. Although originally from the UK he has lived and work in New York City for over 30 years and has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally, including Peru, Chile, Bulgaria, UK. Additionally he writes on sculpture and architecture for international sculpture magazines and journals, he has also organized symposia on the role of Public Sculpture. He has taught and lectured at numerous institutions, colleges and universities.

Alastair Noble Website