Bleached 1998
$2,200
acrylic on street posters
2400 x 1200mm


Joan's men 2000
$900
acrylic on street posters
1120 x 770mm


Filter 2005
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street posters
620 x 620mm


Nest 2007
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street posters
320 x 320mm


Screen 2008
$500
street posters
1620 x 500mm


Cleave 2008
$900
street posters
960 x 740mm


Duel Dual 2008
$700
acrylic on street posters
700 x 600mm


Hunted 2008
$700
acrylic on street posters
700 x 600mm


Adjoining Properties 2006
$1,100
acrylic, collage on paper
720 x 600mm


In ground pool 2006
$1,100
acrylic, collage on paper
720 x 600mm


Delightful Brick Veneer 2006
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acrylic, collage on paper
720 x 600mm


Renovators Delight 2006
$430
acrylic , collage on paper
540 x 260mm


Solar heating 2006
$430
acrylic, collage on paper
540 x 260mm


Semi-detached 2006
$2,000
acrylic, wallpaper, reclaimed cardboard
100 x 90 x 50mm


Incision 2008
Sold
gouache on shopping brochures on mount board
160 x 220mm


Meat Tray Won 2008
$330
gouache on shopping brochures on mount board
220 x 160mm


The Tenant 2008
$330
gouache on wallpaper & shopping brochures on mount
220 x 160mm


A Canvas to Create 2011
$750
acrylic on reclaimed arches paper/canvas
500 x 600mm


Boasting Modern and Refreshing interiors 2013
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acrylic on reclaimed arches paper /canvas
1220 x 605mm


Freshly Painted Throughout 2014
$850
acrylic on reclaimed arches paper /canvas
760 x 380mm


Jigsaw 2013
$450
acrylic paint on reclaimed wood
510 x 280 x 140mm


Launch 2013
$350
acrylic paint on reclaimed wood
430 x 280 x 120mm


Turning 2013
$450
acrylic paint on reclaimed wood
250 x 270 x 140mm


Survey 2013
$350
acrylic paint on reclaimed wood
430 x 280 x 120mm


Scurry 2014
$350
acrylic paint on reclaimed wood
510 x 300 x 140mm


Past Present 2014
$500
acrylic on reclaimed paper/cardboard/wood
520 x 230 x 220mm


Open House 2015
Sold
realestate brochures, acrylic, reclaimed paper/wood
660 x 430 x 280mm


Aldi at 4am 2016
$600
Aldi brochures, acrylic, reclaimed paper/cardboard/
720 x 400 x 400mm


Caution 2016
$450
acrylic, reclaimed paper/cardboard/wood
380 x 160 x 140mm


En Garde 2018
$600
acrylic on reclaimed cardboard/wood
600 x 550 x 300mm


Defence 2018
$500
acrylic on reclaimed cardboard/wood
510 x 400 x 180mm


Gift 1 2010
$350
acrylic on reclaimed paper/cardboard
360 x 300 x 90mm


Gift 2 2010
$300
acrylic on reclaimed paper/cardboard
330 x 230 x 90mm


Gift 3 2010
$350
acrylic on reclaimed paper/cardboard
400 x 280 x 70mm


Happy Landing 2018
$500
acrylic on reclaimed cardboard
440 x 400 x 380mm


Remnant 2 2018
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acrylic on reclaimed cardboard
400 x 220 x 100mm


Safe 2018
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acrylic on reclaimed cardboard
230 x 210 x 160mm


Cornered 2018
$350
acrylic on reclaimed cardboard
340 x 250 x 170mm


More Cornered 2018
$300
acrylic on reclaimed cardboard
330 x 170 x 140mm


Silo
$300
acrylic on reclaimed cardboard
480 x 150mm diameter


Cower Tower 2019
$1,000
acrylic on reclaimed arches paper/ cardboard
700 x 600 x 500mm

Shane Forrest: 25 Years

Opening: 2-5pm Saturday 24th August
Exhibition Dates: 21 Aug - 8 Sep

Wed - Saturday 11am - 6pm; Sunday 10am - 5pm
Closed Monday Tuesday
Artist’s proceeds from sales of this exhibition will be donated to Nature

Location:
6/480 King Street, Newtown

Featuring:
Shane Forrest  -  



Artist’s proceeds from sales of this exhibition will be donated to Nature
SHANE FORREST 25 Years

A glimpse into 25 years of studio practice is encapsulated in Shane Forrest’s new show at Rogue Pop Up Gallery in Newtown. In this review show, past supports present and present echoes past and works become uncoupled from the actual time of production, existing in a relationship of the artists making. This is most evident if Forrest’s themes are identified and then compared. Forrest has been working with ‘the street’ since the early 1980’s. The ephemeral, the discarded, the unremarkable and the evidence of entropy in our daily lives are reoccurring themes in his work. He makes 2D and 3D works informed by his local environment, both the inhabitants, as well as the landscape. He is attracted to representing, in small sculptural maquettes, the sometimes unusual and surprising shapes made by people with their accessories as they move through the environment. An interest in the Sydney obsession with real estate is a theme for both painting and small sculptural explosions.

Forrest produces his work with mainly reclaimed materials. Old palettes, worn out brushes, reclaimed paper and cardboard, failed or discarded canvases thrown out into the street. His practices are historically connected to the Nouveaux Realists (1960 -1963) and Raymond Hains’ particular “affichist” conceptual concern for engaging with the unspectacular.
From a series called “Consumer Robusta”, the material choice to work on large slabs of reclaimed street posters speak of an abiding interest and concern for urban voices as heard on flyers, posters, brochures and other ephemeral notices. These poster slabs provide messages that Forrest mines like an archaeologist, uncovering forgotten snippets in the cacophony of voices. A de-gloving of the handy work of the popular and the mundane as he carves new images into the poster surfaces using a scalpel.
In the series ‘Porous Suburb’, Forrest uses the voluminous, ubiquitous, letterbox clogging advertising generated to promote the Sydney obsession with real estate, as stimulus. This property transfer industry has created an intense image-making machine with its own codified, visual and verbal systems, turning bricks and mortar into inadequacy and desire. The result is that a young, vibrant, creative population, essential in their presence, are largely disassociated from ownership of hyped-up dream homes. The paintings are a metaphor for the now unattainable dream of home ownership by the very residents who make a suburb a desirable.
To make each work he first completes three to four meticulously painted scenes on paper. The imagery is taken from the real estate promotions that stuff his letterbox. These scenes are then ripped and reassembled into collages that become a view of all three layers at once. The resulting layered compositions simultaneously hide and reveal, allowing a view through closed doors. Private residences peeled back, the eye and imagination travelling through ruptured facades. The property, so tantalizingly depicted in the original photographs, is now doubly unattainable. Disrupted representation of dwellings, no longer ‘perfect’, offered for sale, their layers torn, hint at all not being well as Forrest subjects these utopian visions to entropic forces.
In recent sculptural works, Forrest asks questions about failures. Failure of surface, failure to protect, failure to be contained. Some masses are moth eaten, some are collapsing, seams burst, edges fray. A veneer of control soon succumbs; protective layers are ruptured. They are proposals that playfully engage with folly, time and entropy. No one is a shiny winner; no one loses either. Nervously balanced between apexes, the longer lasting mid ground is explored, after shiny and new and before derelict and useless, hovering nervously in realms of deterioration. A mid-range of battered, tatty, worn and revealed.
Frozen on the threshold of explosion, are a series of sculptural paper works Forrest has titled ‘Gifts’. These ‘explosions’ are the latest direction for Forrest. They are a collision of plenty and entropy. Are the ‘Gifts’ erupting in delight or something more sinister? Torn in frustration or a voyeur’s peek into interior layers? As Forrest states about his small unassuming sculpture titled Caution, “Is this work about an intimate interest in entropic forces and the struggle to maintain order, or do I just like thinks that go bang?”

Brief Bio:
Completed Masters of Art at the College of Fine Art, UNSW in 1995.
Consistently exhibiting since 1981.
Teaching Japanese and Visual Arts at Dulwich Hill High School of Visual Arts and Design.
Most recently represent by A-Space on Cleveland until closed in 2012.
Solo shows in Australia and Japan.
Represented in private and institutional collections.

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