Richard Forster, Untitled (Seascape), 2008
Gallery I: RICHARD FORSTER (4 October - 22 November) | BILLBOARD for EDINBURGH: MARK WALLINGER (to October 31)
Ingleby Gallery presents Richard Forster's first solo exhibition in Scotland. From June to September this year, Forster has created a series of 45 painstakingly detailed, almost photographic pencil drawings of the sea which will circumnavigate our upper gallery. These tiny, mysterious images combine to create an installation with an overwhelming physical presence, shifting from light to dark and from hyper-real to grainy abstraction. Cumulatively, they present a very personal document of many monthsí intensive work, whilst simultaneously exploring a more universal experience: the constant but ever-changing nature of waves on a beach.
Forster's work is informed by social, cultural and art historical concerns and takes many different forms. Graphite drawings co-exist with sculptural objects and installations manufactured in glossy, artificially-coloured and functional materials, but rather than seeing these as separate entities from different spheres, Forster uses each to inform the other, both quietly questioning our understanding of what is real.
To mark this extraordinary new group of drawings, Ingleby Gallery will publish an artistís book in our ongoing series with images of each drawing and a specially commissioned text by Michael Bracewell.
ART TALK: On Saturday 4 October at 12 noon, Richard Forster will discuss his exhibition in the Gallery. Coffee & croissants will be served. (The event is FREE, no booking required)