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Alastair Noble

Alastair Noble
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My artistic practice is a response to architecture and the natural environment and reflects on particular sites in the context of poetry and literature. The printed word itself is the crux of my research in which I juxtapose and transform words, signs, symbols and texts into artist’s books, prints and drawings. The typographical layout and spacial relationship between words on the page is a very significant aspect of my printed works. Those poets who employed innovative techniques in typography such as Mallarmé, Mayakovsky, Marinetti and Ian Hamilton Finlay have been stimulating.
The source of my drawings are derived from writers that address the environment from ancient Greece to the present, some of whom include Heraclitus, Goethe, Nan Shepherd and Hugh MacDiarmid. These drawings are a mediation on the writers’ words that I transpose into multiple layered inscriptions. The written lines become interwoven into random patterns transforming language into indecipherable calligraphic notations. A significant element of my drawings result in the juxtaposition of the patterns created by the overlapping notations that reflect the textures within the texts. These drawings are devised in series reflecting on a whole poem or short passages from longer manuscripts.
My artist books are held in private and public collections including the National Library of Scotland. My drawings have appeared in several publications including Geopoetics and WordPower: Language As Medium Pub.Library X. Periodically, I organize exhibitions and organize exhibitions for art journals, magazines and catalogues. Over the years I have lectured at numerous
1977 M.F.A. Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
1975 B.A. (Hons.) - Fine Art, Hull College of Art, England UK

2022 BOATS MOOR Dunoon MOCA Dunoon Scotland
Message in A Bo(a)ttle installation Hertitage Museum StAnza St Andrews Fife Scotland
2019. Message in a Bo(a)ttle installation Hopper House Museum Nyack NY
2016 Alphabet environmental installation GasMuseet Hobro Denmark
2014 Moments Artistree Gallery, Woodstock Vermont
2012 Mapping Arcadia: Chimu - Totora Y El Ecoarte CCPN Gallery Puno Peru
2011. Mapping Arcadia: Cazenovia Lake, Cazenovia College Gallery, Cazenovia NY
2007 BABEL, installation N. Am.- Peruvian Binational Institute Gallery, Lima Peru

2021 Language, Millepiani, Rome Italy
2018. Frankenstein 2018 Book Art Exhibition Central Library Liverpool UK
Empty Vessels Bankley Gallery Manchester UK
2017 Et tu, Art Brute Andrew Edlin Gallery NYC NY
Winter Salon – Jaeckel Gallery 532 W 25thSt NYC
The Plateau (iv)
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  • The Plateau (iv)
  • Pen and Ink
The Plateau (xi)
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  • The Plateau (xi)
  • Pen and Ink
The Plateau (vi)
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  • The Plateau (vi)
  • Pen and Ink
The Reccesses (ii)
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  • The Reccesses (ii)
  • Pen and Ink
The Group (iii)
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  • The Group (iii)
  • Pen and Ink
The Plateau (i)
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  • The Plateau (i)
Where the Cloves Grow
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  • Where the Cloves Grow
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IN MEMORIAM+: A Tribute to Ian Hamilton Finlay
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  • IN MEMORIAM+: A Tribute to Ian Hamilton Finlay
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