But more about Paul Noble. Noble, who was nominated for "Welcome to Nobson," his 2011 solo exhibition at Gagosian in London, is known for monumental, highly-detailed series of graphite drawings that depict Nobson Newtown, an imaginary world composed of odd structures, monuments, and deserted gardens. Born in 1963 in Northumberland, Noble studied at Sunderland Polytechnic and Humberside College of Higher Education. Along with Matt Hale, John Burgess, Keith Coventry and Peter Owen, he opened City Racing, an influential artist-run space in London that operated from 1988-98.
Paul Noble, installation view, Gagosian in London, 2011. Two marble sculptures, Couple (2011) and Three (2011), referencing shit and other "base biometric forms," are described as three-dimensional counterparts to the characters and monuments depicted in Noble's smaller drawings. Photos by Prudence Cuming.
Paul Noble, Welcome to Nobson, 2008–10, pencil on paper, 20 panels: 178 x 281 1/2 inches overall. Noble's opening quote on the press release reminds me of Gulliver's Travels. "It was therefore decided to erect a civic monument on the roundabout at the outskirts of town. The monument is a large, vertical structure that spells out the friendly message 'Welcome to Nobson.'"
Paul Noble, Heaven, 2009, graphite on paper, 48 x 119 inches
Paul Noble, Family is Infinity (or, Hard Labour), 2009–10, pencil on paper, 3 panels: 54 5/16 x 65 inches overall.
The 2012 Turner Prize winner will be announced on December 3.
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