Tuesday, 18 July 2017

'Forest Magick' by Kyle Noble at The Suttie Art Space!

Despite being up to the hospital for numerous reasons it was only on the very last day of 'Forest Magick' that I managed to get some snaps. Even as we rushed through the corridor to see my brother who was in for treatment we still found ourselves stopping to take in the wonderous art works before running on. I guess hospitals are a place of mass transit as people make their way from one area to the next, from the X Ray Suite up to the wards, from heamotology to the pharmacy. And this is where Grampian Hospitals Art Trust can add a little bit of magic. With their extensive collection of art works, they have adorned hospital walls throughout the Grampian area, constantly changing and responding to the environment, not just for the patients but also for the staff who work in these spaces. Its a huge undertaking from a curatorial point of view, especially when you add on the 2 dedicated gallery spaces at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Its in these spaces they host invited artists and have steadily produced one of the most exciting cultural offerings in the North East. From the playful Pester & Rossi (check it here) to the downright madness of Robbie Hamilton (watch the video here) GHAT have been adding value to the everyday lives of people in hospital, whether they know it or not! And a s a regular visitor, thankfully not always for health reasons, the last show by Kyle Noble was an absolute feast for the eyes! Taking its que from mythological art from the East and full of details, each painting becomes so much more than the sum of its parts. Also the process behind the artworks reveals more than just a superficial nod to Eastern ideals. 

"In his paintings, Kyle experiments with medium and mark making in an effort to describe the strong impressions that his research and experiences have made upon him. They describe an idealised landscape full of supernatural distortions, shamanism, stone circles, archaic forests, gnarled trees and views of a distant sacred mountain. I create these visions through a unique blend of media; utilising turbulent layers of industrial varnish, jewel like painted details, ancient Chinese pigments of Malachite and Lapis Lazuli, holographic gels and a high embellishment of detailed drawing."  

Sadly the show is finished but I managed to get some snaps of the work below. A truly stunning offering from GHAT and another one to add to the long list of shows which have helped turned a non descript stairwell and corridor into one of the most exciting gallery spaces, certainly in the North East if not Scotland! Thanks as always to the GHAT team for their continued efforts.