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Wild Hanging Woods opens this Friday by kyle noble

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Alright, its here, I'm starting to breathe again… my exhibition 'Wild Hanging Woods' opens this Friday at Resipole Studios! The works are inspired by my time on the Rahoy Hills Nature Reserve, on Ardtornish Estate. Again I cannot thank Fife Contemporary enough for the funding to pursue this adventure, many new territories have been covered and great local folk have been met. My thanks also to Anna Raven for her support and the decision made by the reserve committee to have me as artist in residence. Also my thanks to Steve the ranger, the true artist and warden of the reserve.

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‘My time as artist in residence on the Rahoy Hills Nature Reserve came at a transitory time and has a curious tale...  I came to my first period of residence in February having just moved out of my home in Fife that afternoon. As darkness gathered, I chased the constellation of Cygnus flying head first down a dark Glen Coe and arrived at Ferry Cottage late in the evening with a car full of belongings, completely exhausted. I then spent three amazing and restorative weeks regularly visiting the reserve alone or with Steve the ranger. At the end of the residency, I drove south to prepare to fly to China later that week, to Chong Qing where my wife was lecturing there in the Sichuan Centre for Fine Arts. We lived at the edge of a city of 30 million people and I considered the differences of there and here: the space at the western edge of Scotland and the intensity of a thriving Chinese megacity. 

I had time to make art there and made small studies from the many photographs I had taken on the reserve. My thoughts were often somewhere between the mossy boulders, heavy oak trunks and the edge of Loch Arienas. Meanwhile, my feet stood on the seventeenth story of an apartment block looking down onto a rising concrete metropolis; its concrete foundations continuously growing out of a patchwork of sprawling old Chinese farmland.  

During my time in China, I had a solo exhibition in Taiwan, which I had spent the last year preparing for. We embarked on several adventures across China and over the weeks I slowly continued to make small works about a remote nature reserve at the western edge of my homeland. 

After four months in Asia, I returned to Scotland at the end of July and quickly gathered my things to spend two weeks back out on the verdant summery reserve before trying to find a new home. Since then I have been living in Glasgow, making the work for this exhibition and busily studying for a PGDE at Strathclyde. I feel like I have lived many lives this year, yet throughout all of it, a constant has been with me...

On the opposite shore of Loch Arienas is the wood; in the dark twiggy gloom over there a steep-sided burn pours over crystal studded boulders. Steep sides give way to a wide gorge that the burn has carved into the hillside for a long time. Moss greens abound around there, the oak trunks, branches and boulders are soft with their deep moss blankets. On one side of the burn, a huge beech reaches into the void. On the other, a tall grove of emerald green pines stand lilac and lofty. The glistening noise of the burn hypnotises. 

You can find some quiet shelter and look out from the cave up on Beinn Uamha. From the hilltop and looking northeast the cold wind blasts. Down there are swathes of moor and further away rising out of the heather is the snow-covered slopes and crags of Beinn na Ladain. Isolation here. A beautiful yet haunting melancholy washes over.   

Back in the stillness of the wood, nose touching the old oak trunks, gaze at the many structures of moss, lichen, epiphyte and bryophyte.

So many patterns, forms, and colours to these mosses and lichens. These are at the edge of my knowledge: a state of open unknowing can take hold gazing at these fractals. They are there. 

Focusing on the phenomena to just be there with it: a man within the landscape alone becomes together for a time.   Above signalling time to move on. It is man's landscape. Geometric deer fences enclose an overgrazed woodland, the wood itself a forgotten plantation for charcoal burning - the mossy platforms for this practice can still be found - and the old lichen-rich ruins of a few at the loch's edge.  The loch's edge... the moon's rippling reflection and the green soft trunks of the old oaks and the faraway sound of the burn.’

The Meiklian Project returns to the source... by kyle noble

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Since I left Taiwan I have used my artwork to excavate the profound experiences I felt there. Taoistic wonder temples, reality shattering encounters with 'the other', Chinese landscape painting! And longing for that beautiful stone-circled Scottish landscape.
Seven years later I'm pleased to announce that this artwork - The Meiklian Project - has returned to it's birth place, the crucible of mind, the ontological forge that is Taiwan.
The show is going to be in 182 Artspace, back in Tainan, now a home from home.
Would be great to see you for the opening! Send your astral bodies if your back in old Albion

Opening this Saturday 28th of April, 3- 5pm, 182 Art Space, Tainan City, Taiwan.

Scotland no more by kyle noble

This past April I left Scotland to join Georgia Rose Murray here in ChongQing, China. Life has been pretty chaotic AND INTERESTING for us recently. Trying to move with the situations presenting themselves has been difficult at times, yet these things have led to flexibility and fluidity which is always the stuff of gold. We had lived in Auchtermuchty, Scotland for a year, experimenting with a calling for a more rural life. It was a good and real life, where having a studio in the house was an excellent move for me, I reconnected to a late night muse in the studio and enjoyed our garden and the quiet life.

I have been working very intensively over the past year,  preparing for 'Paradise Lost', a solo show back in the Taiwanese city we lived in called Tainan. More to come on that soon... very soon...

So life is now in a mega city 30 million, though some say only 12 million in the inner city. Luckily we are near some hills and a lot of vegetation due to university campus'. Things are good - I am preparing for the show and not much else. I plan to return to Scotland in late July and return to the Rahoy Hills Nature Reserve... cant wait for that!

All for now.

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Artist in Residence by kyle noble

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After a chaotic few weeks of leaving our Auchtermuchty house/studio (I'm moving to China to join my wife, the incredible painter Georgia Rose Murray in March), I am now artist in residence at the Rahoy Hills Nature Reserve for 3 weeks, with plans to return for the summer and autumnal experience. I have now been here for just over one week and I'm in love with the area, the reserve is on the Morven peninsula and feels very remote, I can see Lochaline and Mull through the window of the lovely Ferry Cottage - my home/ studio during the residency. The Atlantic rainforest is my main inquiry, staring into the lichen and moss wrapped boughs of oak, hazel, wych elm and ash. However the reserve also has a large area of wilderness to contemplate between Beinn na Uamha and Beinn Ladain. I would also like to mention that I am eternally grateful to Fife Contemporary for their support which has enabled me to spend an extended period of valuable and peaceful time here. Expect photos  and rambles on my experiences of the mossy woods from the edge of Scotland !  

Solo show in The Small Gallery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by kyle noble

My thanks to the team at Grampian Hospitals Arts Trust, I enjoyed hanging the work with you. It was also great to talk to a number of hospital visitors during the hang, 'The Meiklian Project' is of course about the North East landscape that we have shared. For patients, staff and visitors I hope that my works can transfer some of the light and inspiration I have found from our archetypal mountain goddess Bennachie, the forgotten energies of the recumbent stone circles and the landscape of time twisted birch, pine and hazel. The exhibtion is runs until the 21st of July and features the recently reworked 'Forest Magick' and a number of pieces from the last few years.

Solo Show 'Before the Stones' at Newave Gallery by kyle noble