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.