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.
RA Schools student from 2010 to 2013