Gagosian in San Francisco is opening an exhibition of British artist Paul Noble's newest drawings, titled New Works. A meticulous visionary, Noble builds encrypted visual universes. Using language as image, and images as a grammatical system of signs, he shows the malleability of all forms of syntax, a legible schema of interlocking words, drawings, and objects.
These new works, made since 2015, contain repeating motifs: a disembodied, intricately drawn leg makes its way into a shallow, pictorial space without shadow or direct light source; ultimately, these flat, almost non-perspectival interiors, are the center of this exhibition. Encased within heavy wooden frames of Noble's own design, which often echo the framed images within the images, the suggestion that a drawing can also be a sculpture.