Richard Forster. Incoming Sea’s Edge, Jan 5, 2010 11:30–11:37 AM, graphite and acrylic on card, 14 parts, 17 7/10 × 11 4/5” each. Image courtesy of the artist and the Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh.
Richard Forster’s drawings have an extraordinary purity. He works with absolute rigor and seriousness to create images which are instantly startling in the display of an exquisite talent, and then begin to repay the most careful and detailed scrutiny. He is interested in texture, finish, pattern, and essence, but also in allowing the viewer to experience the very process of drawing itself, its tentative and exploratory nature. His surfaces are thus deeply ambiguous in that they have a luscious, almost luxurious interest in tonal variety, and they also manage to be spare, almost severe. Forster is interested in time, setting himself a measure of time, usually a week, to make a drawing, and then capturing what happens in time—how the sea surges and withdraws in time, how building work is done in time, how the drawing itself freezes and evokes a moment in time. He plays with the hard-edged line, with the torn line, and with layers of remove and engagement, both technical and emotional. His work makes clear that he has put a great deal of thought into how to manage beauty; he makes images that resist its soft, easy sway, but seem filled with a strange sorrow which makes the afterglow of these drawings extremely powerful.
— Colm Tóibín
Richard Forster. Nude with pattern (Superimposition), 2011, graphite, acrylic medium, and watercolor on Bristol board, 13 7/10 × 8 4/5”.
Richard Forster. Twenty–Four Stills from archival video witnessed in Bauhaus, Dessau, January 7, 2010, graphite and acrylic medium on card, 24 parts, 17 7/10 × 11 4/5”.
Richard Forster. Twenty–Four Stills from archival video witnessed in Bauhaus, Dessau, January 7, 2010, graphite and acrylic on card, 24 parts, 17 7/10 × 11 4/5”.
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