LondonTim Noble: Imaginary Beings
Darren Flook presents ‘Imaginary Beings’, the first UK solo show of Tim Noble.
Tim Noble, previously of the British duo Noble & Webster, famous for their works where piles of found street junk cast meticulous shadows upon the gallery wall or employed carnival lights to spell out words like ‘Forever’. Tim Noble & Sue Webster’s work played with ideas of permanence, romance, and a youthful, energetic, dream of a punk inspired art.
Now for his first London exhibition as a solo artist, and his first show since becoming a father with his new partner, Noble has returned to an older form of image making, evoking churches and medieval structures with their technique and appropriately birth and fertility that are at the core of the imagery. Noble’s five white panels, each a cast of a clay original precisely carved over months at his home on the Kent coast, manage to be at once feverish, sexual and reproductive explosions of the imagination as well as appearing, at first sight, to be almost minimal in their monochrome state.
These are works that reveal their complexity, narratives and cross references over time, there are nods to Wedgewood, Bosch and Bruegel as well as his own life and the lives of those we glimpse on TV screens and online. Nobles world is unique but also recognizably our own.
Tim Noble (Born 1966, UK, lives and works in Kent). Graduated RCA, London in 1994. As part of Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Noble exhibited internationally for over 25 years and published several artist monographs. Their work is in the permanent collections of the AISTHI Foundation, Beirut; Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Artis-François Pinault, France; Berengo Studio, Venice; The British Museum, London; Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens; Es Baluard Museum, Palma, Spain; The Goss-Michael Collection, Dallas; Honart Museum, Tehran, Iran; Lyonel-Feininger Museum, Quedlinburg, Germay; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; National Portrait Gallery, London; Nicola Erni Collection, Zug, Switzerland; The Olbricht Collection, Berlin; Saatchi Collection, London; Samsung Museum, Seoul, Korea; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Wemhöner Collection, Germany.
This is Noble’s first exhibition as a solo artist.
all images © the gallery and the artist(s)