Approved: 14.02.2008

Stephen Forge

Artist

Approved: 14.02.2008

"At the centre of Forge's work is the observation of the contemporary built environment and the intersection of art and the social realm. There is a studied genericism that restages ubiquitous materials and forms from architecture and public spaces to essential functional qualities. This reductive language provides clarity to examine these quasi-objects, objects constructed from repeated set

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  • Location: liverpool, North West
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Technical installation, Studio practice
  • Categories: Architecture, Environment, Metalwork, Sculpture, Woodwork
 

Biography

"At the centre of Forge's work is the observation of the contemporary built environment and the intersection of art and the social realm. There is a studied genericism that restages ubiquitous materials and forms from architecture and public spaces to essential functional qualities. This reductive language provides clarity to examine these quasi-objects, objects constructed from repeated set of cast concrete tiles that economically create a façade and a perfunctory shell. Here function is prioritized over design, the possibility of mass production is preferable to the singular crafted ornament and form has undergone multiple Health and Safety checks. BRUT is a modest modular component system that suggests formal management, the histories of architecture and a somewhat British melancholic tone of order. With Forge's work it appears that Modernist ideas and aspirations are filtered through the Postmodern age and arrive in the here and now of every British town." Anarch, London

CV & Education

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 University

 

Exhibition:

Solo:

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, Independents Biennial Exhibition, Liverpool

 

Group:

2014 GANG: In The Park After Dark CCP 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 Next Up: Liverpool Art Now The Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

2008 MAZE Garston Embassy, Garston, Liverpool

2006 Royal Standard Group Exhibition The Royal Standard, Liverpool

 

Carpentry, Welding & Metal Work:

2016 Assemble Granby Workshop Granby Street, Liverpool

2016 Arciform (Exhibition and Display) Liverpool

2015 Harvey Nichols Summer Window Displays, Knightsbridge, London

2015 Harvey Nichols In-Store Displays, Knightsbridge, London

2015 Harvey Nichols Circus Window Displays, Knightsbridge, London

2015 Nike Promo Event, Karmer Set Building, London

2014 Christopher Kane London Fashion Week, Tate Modern, Karmer SetBuilding, London

2014 Jimmy Choo London Fashion Week, Karmer Set Building, London

2013 Vogue Italia Studio Set, Karmer Set Building, London

2012 Christian Louboutin: 20 Years Design Museum, Karmer Set Building, London

2011 Westfield Shopping Centre Corporate Event, Karmer Set Building, London

2011 Vertu Phones Display at Selfridges, Karmer Set Building, London

2011 Swatch Watches Studio Set (Photographer: Rankin) Karmer Set Building, London

2010 London Fashion Week The Royal Opera House, Karmer Set Building, London

2010 Habitat Window Displays, Karmer Set Building, Regents Street, London

2010 007 Themed Event Karmer Set Building, London

2010 Comedy of Errors Regence Park Open Air Theatre, London

2010 The Importance of Being Ernest Manchester Library Theatre, Manchester

2005-6 The Rubenstein Kiss Hampstead Theatre, London

2005-6 The Wizard Of Oz Birmingham Rep Theatre, Birmingham

2005-6 Otherwise Engaged Criterion Theatre & National Tour, London

2005-6 The Hypochondriac Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

2005-6 Dick Whittington, Liverpool Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

2005-6 Love Me Tonight Hampstead Theatre, London

2005-6 Anna In the Tropics Hampstead Theatre, London

2005-6 The Philanthropist Donmar Warehouse, London

2005-6 Beauty & the Beast Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

2005-6 Losing Louis Hampstead Theatre, London

2005-6 Festival Parade Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh

2004 Liverpool Scenic Workshop, Liverpool

 

Workshop Technician:

2016 FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) Liverpool

2013 Designs of the Year Design Museum, London

2013 Extraordinary Stories About Ordinary Things Design Museum, London

2013 The Future Is Here Design Museum, London

2013 Designers In Residence Design Museum, London

2013 Hello My Name is Paul Smith Design Museum, London

2012 Digital Crystal: Swarovski at the Design Museum Design Museum, London

2012 Unexpected Pleasures Design Museum, London

2012 Designs of the Year Design Museum, London

2012 Designed to Win Design Museum, London

2007 – 2010 All productions at Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, Liverpool

 

Propmaking:

2015 Harvey Nichols In-store Displays, Knightsbridge, London

2015 Harvey Nichols Circus Window Displays, Knightsbridge, London

2014 Victor And Rolf Fragrance L’Oreal, Selfridges, Knightsbridge, London

2013 The V.M & Display Awards Elemental Design, London

2012 Christian Louboutin: 20 Years Karmer Set Building, Design Museum, London

2011 Westfield Centre Olympic Site Window Displays, Elemental Design, London

2011 Mulberry Global Roll Out, Elemental Design, London

2011 Mulberry London Fashion Week, Elemental Design, London

2010 Becks Music Awards Studio Set, Karmer Set Building, London

2005-6 Comfort Me with Apples Hampstead Theatre, London

2005-6 Nathan The Wise Hampstead Theatre, London

2005-6 The Philanthropist Donmar Theatre, London

2005-6 Beauty & The Beast Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

2005-6 Losing Louis Hampstead Theatre, London

2005-6 Festival Parade Edinburgh International Festival 2006, Edinburgh

 

Film and Television:

Construction Carpentry:

2005-6 Morrisons Supermarket Ad Campaign, Goodman Films, Lee Studio, London

 

Construction Manager:

2014 Death Of England The Guardian & The Royal Court Theatre, London

2014 PPE The Guardian & The Royal Court Theatre, London

2014 The Devil In The Detail The Guardian & The Royal Court Theatre, London