Stephen Forge





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Stephen Forge (b.1979 Brighton) previously studied at Cardiff School of Art and Design. Forge’s practice is guided by observation of the contemporary built environment. There is a studied genericism in which Forge restages ubiquitous materials and forms from architecture and public spaces.Forge’s reductive language provides clarity in examining these quasi-objects. His sculptures are often constructed from repeated sets of cast concrete tiles that economically create a façade, and a perfunctory structure and surface. Here, function is prioritized over design, the possibility of mass production is preferable to the singular crafted ornament, and form has probably undergone multiple “Health and Safety” checks.These modular structures, with perfect planes and slotting joints, have been developed through Forge’s labour intensive studio practice, where social commentary and the possibility of visual pleasure are continually questioned and negotiated



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Born: 1979

Lives: England, UK

 

Education:

2013    Royal Academy Schools Postgraduate Diploma in the Arts, Royal Academy, London

2001    B. A. (Hons) Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University

 

Publications

2019   Just Dogs That Live Longer, @pink_sands_studio (designed by @mikesstudio)

 

Exhibitions

 

Solo:

2017   Shadow Gap by Stephen Forge, Studio 2, Todmorden

2017   Downwards CACTUS Gallery, Liverpool

2013   Stephen Forge ANARCH, London

2013   Royal Academy Degree Show 2013 The Royal Academy, London

2012   Premiums The Royal Academy of Arts, London

2006   Untitled Arena Art & Design 4Floor Independents Biennial Exhibition, Liverpool

 

Group:

2020   #Shuffle02 The Royal Standard, Liverpool

2019   Studio Shuffle The Royal Standard, Liverpool

2019   This Is What I Came Here To Do Fabric District, Liverpool

2016   Into the Valley Studio 2, Todmorden 
                                       
2016   CUL-DE-SAC Emrys Williams The Studio, Llandudno, Wales

2015   TRS X CBS = XMAS The Royal Standard, Liverpool

2014   GANG: In The Park After Dark CCP Liverpool Independents Biennial, Liverpool

2014   Things In Their Elements ACAVA Studios, London

2012   FOREHEAD Sauna Space, London

2011   Parts Unknown Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

2010   Axis Web at Manchester Contemporary Spinningfields, Manchester

2010   Built Overnight Rhubaba, Edinburgh

2010   No Soul For Sale Tate Modern, London

2010   Global Studio The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

2010   SALE 08 Gallery, Liverpool

2009   From This Filthy Sewer Pure Gold Flows Supercollider, Blackpool

2009   All Change Rogue Artists' Studios & Project Space, Manchester

2009   SALE  The Royal Standard, Liverpool

2008   Garston Pavilion Liverpool Biennial Internationals

2008   Next Up: Liverpool Art Now The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

2006   Royal Standard Group Exhibition The Royal Standard, Liverpool