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For nearly twenty years artist Paul Noble has been creating a remarkable world, Nobson Newtown, in drawings, sculptures, mixed media works.

This website emerged from a conversation between Paul Noble (PN) and Michael Shanks (MS), an archaeologist, from December 2013 to May 2014 in the run up to a major exhibition, through summer 2014, of Paul's work at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam [link].

The site began as a means to help Michael compose a text about Nobson Newtown. He had examined the large drawing 'Ye Olde Ruin' in the Boijmans collection, and had followed up with research through Paul's published works. The outcome was a list of things seen in Nobson. The list appears below. Paul added images and occasional comments to those categories (grey text). Michael's finished text took the form of a sequence of short elucidations of each of the categories (black text). Titled 'In Parenthesis', this annotated list is part of the catalogue 'Nobson' published alongside the exhibition.

Why the need for the website? Paul lives in London. Michael in California. The site is a kind of shared third space.

Why was Michael asked to write about Paul? Sjarel Ex (Director of Museum Boijmans) was convinced that he was perfect to write about Paul Noble for two reasons. First were Michael's broad academic credentials, as a humanist and archaeologist who excavates ancient cities. Secondly, and possibly most persuasive, was the geographical accident that Michael was raised in Blyth, a collier port in the North East of England and only four miles north of Whitley Bay, the seaside town that Paul is from. Further coincidence revealed itself in that after studying classics and archaeology at Cambridge Michael taught Latin at Whitley Bay High School, starting in 1983. Paul went to Whitley Bay High School, but left in 1982 to begin Art College. They never met.


In Parenthesis comprises

things - you might see in Nobson

topics - how they might be perceived and discussed

mythography - allegories and stories that might come to mind.


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things

bodies

sun

shrouds

sea 

statues

gates

fences

walls

paths

chains

curtains

garbage bags

holes

humanimals

companion species

stones

eggs

egg face

monuments

megaliths

tombs

graveyards

gardens

trees

ruins

sculptures/ornaments

his and herms

Mefisty

labyrinth

(mirrored) A

toys


topics

(NB - topos is a place - cf "topology")

family

graphite

technical drawing

the digital

grid

geometry

projection

illumination

de-sign

perspective

horizon

sleep

theatre

place and space

underground

underworld

cosmopolis

fontography

letter and word

word object

cryptography

toponymy

territory

ichnography

substance and form

hylography

nonsense

coprography

garbage

architecture

cartography

the oracle

follies

landscape

museums

temporality

waste and excess

category

alimentary flow

cleanliness

carnival


mythography

some stories/anecdotes/commentaries/allegories

NE England - modernism

solar anus

Circe

Akhetaten

the sublime

oikology

Daedalus

creation myths

Palestine/Ah

Hermes

Dionysus

Prometheus

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