Richard Forster
Hesser nude with tape, 2011
Graphite, acrylic medium and watercolor on bristol board
35 x 22.5 cm page size
Photograph John McKenzie
Courtesy of the Artist / Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

Richard Forster
Incoming sea’s edge on fourteen consecutive occasions at random time intervals
Saltburn-by-the Sea, Jan 5 2010; 11:30am-11:37am
One of fourteen drawings in sequence
Graphite and acrylic medium on card
45 x 30 cm page and image size each

Richard Forster
Visit to Bauhaus archive January 6, 2010; film of construction site, Torten Estate. Dessau. 1926.
One of twenty-four drawings in sequence

Installation view of Richard Forster, 2012
Photo by: Genevieve Hanson

Installation view of Richard Forster, 2012
Photo by: Genevieve Hanson

Richard Forster

January 21 - May 12, 2012
Exhibition Press

Richard Forster produces highly detailed pencil drawings presented in series, three of which are included in this exhibition: pastoral nudes, seascapes and 24 drawings of an archival video documenting the construction of pioneering social housing in Dessau, Germany in 1926. The latter two groups will travel to FLAG from his 2011 exhibition, “Fast & Slow Time” at The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, UK and the pastoral nudes, collectively titled “American Pastoral”, will be on view for the first time at FLAG.

At first glance, these three groups of drawings appear distinct from each other. But the shared experience offer the viewer a metaphorical triangle built from fragments of time and information. This triangle is a rich meditation on place; the artists’ hometown of Saltburn-by-the Sea, the former German Democratic Republic and an American pastoral of the 1920’s. The drawings depict a chronology of physical space as well as fragments of social and political history that are equally entwined within ‘place.’

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue including an essay by award-winning novelist Colm Tóibín.

Richard Forster was born in 1970 at Saltburn-by the Sea, England. He has exhibited widely in the UK and made his first appearance in the United States, in February 2011, in the acclaimed group exhibition “Drawn from Photography” at The Drawing Center, NYC. Richard Forster is represented by Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK.