On the use of axonometric drawings by artist Paul Noble.
Paul Noble axonometric drawings are vast. Several meters across, they deal with the landscape, the territory, whilst remaining very architectural in their inception through a careful assemblage of volumes and an attention to one and every minute details. Although the individual elements are very much three dimensional, the overall drawings, by their format and the extent they cover, remain, almost paradoxically, flat. Something between an axo and a map, not unlike the first birds eye views developed in the late 17th century – see Johannes Kip’s drawing below

article on Paul Noble’s exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery in 2011:

Paul Noble, Nobson

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Jan Kip & Leonard Knyff, Wollaton Hall Gardens

wollaton hall garden by jan kip and leonard knyff


Last few days to see at the Serpentine Gallery:  Wael Shawky: “Myths and Legends” and Jake and Dinos Chapman : “Come and See” , until the 9th of February, entrance free

See reviews of the exhibitions by Simon Withers on the Unitfifteen blog, and a recommendation to start the show with Wael Shawky ! … before you move onto the provocative and gut churning Chapman brothers, not for the faint hearted. Simon describes it as ‘Lurid, morbid, fearful, ghastly. And wonderful.’

Edit of the 8th Feb. the Chapman Brothers show is indeed a lot to take on, and somehow testing the limits of what you may deem acceptable. I turned around before long. The Wael Shawky show on the other hand, and especially the “al araba al madfuna II” film, was intriguiging, not the least for its amazing setting, the ruins of what looks like a huge compendium for birds. The shots of this abandoned building are astounding.

al araba al madfuna II

Serpentine Gallery website

interview with the artists

The Wapping Project’s Final Act, thank you for thirteen brilliant years …

The Wapping Project closed on December 22nd, 2013, with the exhibition ‘the lady from the sea’. The photographic essay of Henrik Ibsen’s eponymous play was shot in Svalbard, Norway, North of the Arctic circle, by photographer Thomas Zanon-Larcher and directed by Jules Wright.
A filmic experience, of photographs alone, each of which contains the energy of the entire story, where the narrative is found within each and every frame and the succession only serves to reinforce the strength of the individual image.

the final act

The Eagleman Stag is an animation by recent RCA graduate Mikey Please, which won a Bafta Award for the best short animation movie in 2011, amongst so many other awards (the Eagleman Stag website lists 20 awards !)

The movie was his graduating work at the RCA, and he also produced a making of’ documentary of the animation, which I find as compelling, if not more, than the movie itself.