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Group show: Richard Forster & Richard Artschwager (over)

6 October 2007 until 13 October 2007
  Richard Forster & Richard Artschwager
Richard Forster, Drawing 4 a show with R Artschwager 2007, pencil on paper
  Ingleby Gallery

Ingleby Gallery
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Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8DL
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Richard Forster
& Richard Artschwager

Saturday 6 October until Saturday 13 October 2007
(during the exhibition dates the gallery is open everyday from 10am - 5pm)

We are delighted to announce the eighth in our series of 26 exhibition pairings: a new graphite drawing and sculptural relief by Richard Forster alongside two specifically chosen works: an etching and a wall sculpture by Richard Artschwager.

The concerns that inform Richard Forster's work are many - social, cultural, art historical - and whilst impressively consistent, it adopts such different guises that on first encountering it one could be forgiven for taking the opposite view. Painstakingly detailed, almost photo-real pencil drawings made from snapshots, or pages torn from magazines that have particular resonance for him, co-exist with myriad sculptural objects and installations which have been manufactured in glossy, artificially coloured and functional materials. Rather than seeing these drawings and objects as separate entities from different spheres, Forster uses each to inform the other, developing a new perspective on the challenge of appearance and reality. He enjoys materials and delights in using them to question our understanding of what we are looking at, and so questions both the thing itself and the image of the thing.

Forster often works in response to a specific site or exhibition and with this installation he intends that the gallery - a space he describes as ordinarily "a quiet room for contemplation" - will have "a shot of New York running through it, if only for a week". Having made his very first foray to the USA in April, he returned with a photograph of Times Square which he has subsequently used to make a graphite drawing of quite astonishing detail. Set in relation to this and the gallery architecture will be one of Richard Artschwager's iconic wall sculptures, a giant exclamation point made from rubberised horsehair. This grammatical signifier of urgency, force, excitement or aggression conveys what language alone cannot always quite express. Placed with Forster's image, it amplifies the silent clamour of New York's towering, overcrowded billboards which dwarf the teeming mass of human traffic below.

Richard Forster was born in Saltburn, Cleveland in 1970. This is his first exhibition with Ingleby Gallery. In 2006 his first solo show opened at the Jerwood Artists' Platform, Cell Project Space in London, and in the past 2 years has been included in numerous group exhibitions such as Working Things Out at Spike Island, Bristol, The Opposite of Vertigo at The Drawing Room, London and Blue Star, Red Wedge during Glasgow International in 2006.

Forster is currently working on an eight-page commission for the next issue of MAP Magazine which will be published this autumn.

Richard Artschwager was born in Washington DC in 1923 and lives and works in Hudson, New York. He is one of the most respected artists of his generation and in recent years has held major solo exhibitions at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art (2004) Guggenheim, Berlin (2003) and Serpentine Gallery, London (2001).
His work is held in important museum collections worldwide.

Richard Artschwager is represented by Gagosian Gallery, New York. We are grateful to both Gagosian Gallery and Brooke Alexander Editions, New York, for their assistance in this exhibition.

Richard Forster & Richard Artschwager Press Release as pdf-File 37,9 KB

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