The Last Time I Saw Richard
August 24th, 2011

Richard Forster, Three verticals at approx 30 second intervals 21 Jan 2009, 11.42 Р11.43am, Saltburn-by-the-sea, 2010, pencil on card

As is customary, I went to mima, Middlesbrough’s modern art gallery prior to Sunday’s football match in the town. Aside from the brilliant exhibition on collage art, there was a solo exhibition of the meticulous, thoughtful work of Richard Forster. The blurb on the wall mentioned something about appreciating ‘slow time’ as opposed to the ‘fast time’ that otherwise occupies us in a highly-developed society – something that struck a chord with me. Seascapes are common enough in art but the series of monochrome drawings of random tidal intervals that ran in sequence around the white gallery walls contained so much detail that I was compelled to absorb and reflect rather than gloss over their similarities. It’s a soothing room.

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