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kyle noble | wild hanging woods
kyle noble | wild hanging woods
10 November to 22 March

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.

lone ranger
kyle noble
ink on mountboard
20.7 x 20.7 cm
£200
flammarion series : alone becomes together
kyle noble
ink on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
the loch's edge
kyle noble
ink and rice paper on mdf
51 x 112 cm
£1200
flammarion series : alone becomes together II
kyle noble
ink on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
the oaks return
kyle noble
metallic powder and acrylic on mdf
41 x 41 cm
£500
dru wid wood
kyle noble
ink on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
hypnotic burn
kyle noble
metallic powder and acrylic on mdf
41 x 41 cm
£500
the big beech
kyle noble
ink on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
stewards of the undying deer cult series: regeneration
kyle noble
metallic powder and acrylic on mdf
83 x 83 cm
£1000
stewards of the undying deer cult series: oak, hazel and rowan
kyle noble
graphite on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
relic of origins horse
kyle noble
bone and ink
60 x 25 x 30 cm
£3000
cave hill
kyle noble
mixed media
20 x 20 cm
£300
neon pink woods series : black falls
kyle noble
ink & varnish on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
wild hanging woods
kyle noble
ink and rice paper on mdf board
128 x 63.5 cm
£1800
fledgling
kyle noble
mixed media
20 x 20 cm
£300
neon pink woods series : full melt
kyle noble
ink & varnish on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
the return to loch arienas
kyle noble
rice paper and ink on mdf
120 x 62 cm
£1500
the pyramid temple
kyle noble
mixed media
20 x 20 cm
£300
neon pink woods series : black wood
kyle noble
ink & varnish on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
the silver bough
kyle noble
rice paper and ink on mdf
107 x 59 cm
£1000
oakwood entanglement
kyle noble
mixed media
41 x 83 cm
£900
stewards of the undying deer cult series : the problem of the glen II
kyle noble
ink on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
moss snout of the black glen
kyle noble
ink, acrylic and varnish on mdf board
20.7 x 20.7 cm
£300
greenwords
kyle noble
ink on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
neon pink woods series : arienas point
kyle noble
mixed media
41 x 41 cm
£500
relics of origins sheep
kyle noble
ink on bone
10 x 23 x 13 cm
£1500
waking degelia cyanoloma
kyle noble
ink on mountboard
20 x 20 cm
£200
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