Online exhibition: ONE ARTIST | ONE WORK: Sarah Forrest, The Unit
For the next online event in the ONE ARTIST | ONE WORK series, Sarah Forrest will discuss her new work, The Unit (2021), commissioned for Glasgow International’s Director’s Programme.
Tickets for the online discussion event on Tuesday 13 July, 7.30pm, can be booked here.
Sarah Forrest is an artist based in Glasgow who works across film, installation, text and sound. She graduated from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee (BA Hons Fine Art) in 2003 and the Glasgow School of Art (MFA) in 2010. She was recipient of the Margaret Tait Award 2017/18 and is a current AHRC Doctoral Researcher at Glasgow School of Art (What is Seen, What is Said to be Seen: Exploring doubt as a critical tool within artists’ moving image practice) Solo exhibitions include: The Unit, Glasgow International (2021); The Unreliable Narrator, Hospitalfield, Arbroath (2019); Sarah Forrest: April, LUX, London (2018); Again, it objects, Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany (2016); I Left it on Page 32, Supplement, London (2014); Two Solo Shows: Sarah Forrest and Mounira Al Sohl, CCA, Glasgow (2013). Recent group exhibitions include: Maintenant et Encore (with Linda Sanchez), 3 Bis F, Aix-en-Provence, France; Against Time, co-curated by Paula Zambrano and Sarah Strang for Glasgow International, Civic Room, Glasgow; Cabinet Interventions, Glasgow International, Pollok House, Glasgow (all 2018).
Are we seeing what we’re supposed to see? What clues are being hinted at and how are we, the viewer or reader, caught up in the narrative? This new work by Glasgow-based artist Sarah Forrest takes on the detective novel as its starting point in order to unravel how our attention is shifted when we are on the trail of a sleuthing mystery.
In detecting, the act of inquiry means that our senses become heightened as every object encountered could be laced with apparent or hidden meanings. The detective novel supposes that logic will ultimately triumph over dark forces. We are led from A to B to C in a sequence that foregrounds rationality and precision. It is the triumph of close looking.
The Unit was commissioned for Glasgow International 2021. Supported by Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and Maryhill Burgh Halls.