David Forbes - Curriculum Vitae ............................................................ Artist's Statement

    	

PERSONAL DETAILS

ADDRESS: 21 Raven Street, West End QLD 4101, AUSTRALIA
PHONE:      61-7 3846 3797 MOB: 0407 763121
E-MAIL(S):  neonart@optusnet.com.au              davidsforbes@hotmail.com
WEB:          www.neonart.info

 

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

1983-2 MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE, University of California at Berkeley, California USA
1980-2 MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE, University of California at Berkeley, California USA
1982    RESIDENCY, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Maine USA
1975-80 BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE, University of California at Berkeley, California USA

 

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

2015     Public Art project, Lynbrook Community Centre, Lynbrook VIC Australia
Project: “The Mirror” installed in the Lynbrook Community Centre
Précis:  200 individual artworks from the community and students about living in Lynbrook – what they do, what they like. The artworks have been gridded, digitized, manipulated and printed as transparencies backlit with neon.

2010     Art+Place, Brisbane State High School, Brisbane QLD Australia
Project: “The Postcard Project”, exterior installation
Précis:  Over 400 postcards from students aged 10-University and members of the community were digitized, composited, printed as transparencies, backlit with neon and mounted on an exterior glass wall. Focus: Life in West End in the present and future.

2007     Art Built-in Artist-in Residence, Brisbane State High School
Project: “DDS – The Bridge”  installed in the new Library
Précis: A series of 10 double-sided assemblies based on the Dewey Decimal System. Incorporates composited digital transparencies and neon, each specific to the category of knowledge addressed in that section of the DDS.

2007     Art Built-in Artist-in Residence, Upper Coomera State College
Project: “The Star” installed in the new Performing Arts Complex
Précis: A series of 5 cast resin slabs presented in the format of a star. Incorporates a central stainless steel star / light source. Each resin piece has embedded imagery specific to one discipline in the performing arts: Art, Drama, Dance, Media and Music.

2004     Art Built-In, Inala Campus of Bremer TAFE, Inala QLD Australia
Project: “Cascade”, installed in the foyer of the administration building
Précis: A series of 13 cast resin discs organized around a 12 metre neon “spine”. All imagery and symbols reference Water in different cultures, languages and disciplines. Images are embedded and embossed in the resin.

2003     Art Built-In, Charleville Cosmos Centre, Charleville QLD Australia
Project: “Observing the Imaginary”, installed in the Visitor Centre
Précis: A 6-metre diameter semi-circular digital transparency representing the night sky as seen in Charleville. The image is backlit by a series of 20 neon constellations, grouped five to a season. Constellations are coded by colour and sequence in gradual rotation.

2002     Public Art, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, purchased London, England
Project: “Luggage of Babel – Part 1”, installed on the Jewel of the Sea
Précis: 10 phrases about Art transliterated into obscure or extinct alphabets, digitally manipulated and mounted on a 360cm wide “tea-chest”. Printed images are overlaid with neon “letterform” elements of my own design which the viewer interprets as words.

 

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS - TEMPORARY

2009     “InLight” Richmond, Gallery 1708, Richmond Virginia USA
Project: “The Windows are the Eyes to the Soul”
Précis:  A 3-storey building with 12 windows on one façade with cycling coloured lights in each window.

 

AWARDS / PUBLIC ART

2015 Percent for Art commission, Lynbrook Community Centre, Lynbrook VIC Australia
2011 Arts Queensland / Scenic Rim Regional Council RADF Grant, Beaudesert QLD Australia
2010 Arts Queensland Development and Presentation Grant, Brisbane QLD Australia
2010 Art+Place commission, Brisbane State High School, Brisbane QLD Australia
2009 Arts Queensland Career Development Grant, Brisbane QLD Australia
2007 Art Built-in Artist-in Residence, Brisbane State High School
2007 Art Built-in Artist-in Residence, Upper Coomera State College
2004 Art Built-In, Inala Campus of Bremer TAFE, Inala QLD
2003 Art Built-In, Charleville Cosmos Centre, Charleville QLD
2002 Public Art commission, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, purchased London, England
1996 Arts Queensland IPDP: Individual Professional Development Grant
1994 Acquisition Award, Stanthorpe Arts Festival
1990 Orlob Award, Fairfield Regional Juried Show
1983 Best of Show, Fairfield/Suisun Community Art Show
1982 Fellowship Award, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
1979 Eisner Prize, University of California at Berkeley
1976 Second Place 2-D, University of California at Santa Barbara
1975 Bank of America Achievement Awards: Fine Arts, North California
1974 Purchase Award: City of Hayward, Festival of the Arts
1973 Second Place 2-D, Hayward Area Festival of the Arts

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2011 "Under the Radar" The Centre, Beaudesert QLD Australia
2007 “Bridges to Knowledge“ Ipswich Library & Information Service, Ipswich QLD
2004 “Light Work” State Library of Queensland, Brisbane QLD Australia
2001 “New Relics” Ipswich Library & Information Service, Ipswich QLD Australia
2001 “New Work” Ipswich Public Library, Ipswich QLD Australia
1996 Manitzky Gallery, Mt. Tamborine QLD Australia
1994 Exhibit 912 Gallery, Brisbane QLD Australia
1994 Orange Regional Gallery, Orange NSW Australia
1994 New England Regional Gallery, Armidale NSW Australia
1993 "The Living Flame" Gold Coast City Arts Centre, Surfers Paradise QLD Australia
1993 "You Light Up My Life" Sale Regional Gallery, Sale VIC Australia
1991 "Big and Bold" Los Medanos Gallery, Pittsburg, California USA
1985 First National Savings & Loan, Oakland, California USA
1984 Grand Oak Gallery, Oakland, California USA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2013 “Real Refuse” Tap Gallery, Darlinghurst, Sydney NSW Australia
2010 “Revealing Culture” Smithsonian International Gallery, Washington DC, USA
2010 “Snap to Grid” Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, California USA
2010 “Belle Art – Chapman & Bailey Art Award” Metro Arts, Brisbane QLD Australia
2009 “Artworkers’ Award Exhibition” Metro Arts, Brisbane QLD Australia
2008 “Corangamarah Art Prize”, Corangamarah VIC Australia
2008 “Light Fantastic”, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe QLD Australia
2006 “Snap to Grid” Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, California USA
2006 “2006 Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize”, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Bundall QLD
2005 Unstrung” Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell VIC Australia
2005 “Snap to Grid” Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles, California USA
2004 “New Relics” at the Miami University conference on digital art, Miami, Ohio USA
2003 “Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize”, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Bundall QLD Australia
2003 “Into the Light” Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, Arizona USA
2003 “Seductive Evidence” collaboration with Patricia Harper, Craft QLD, Brisbane QLD Australia
2002  Finalist – Ranamok Prize for Contemporary Glass. Touring: Sydney, Washington DC (USA),
2002 Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Regional Galleries Australia
2000 “Carnucopia” Museum of Neon Art, Los Angeles, California USA
2000 “Switch” Global Arts Link, Ipswich QLD Australia
2000 Gold Coast Global Sculpture Prize, Bundall QLD Australia
1999 Warwick Art Prize 2000, Warwick QLD Australia
1999 “Gar Morumba” Brisbane City Gal1ery, Brisbane QLD Australia
1999 “BAT-1” Bremer Art Teachers Exhibition, Inala Community Gallery, Inala QLD Australia
1998 "Revenge of the Doormats" Queensland College of Arts Gallery, Brisbane QLD Australia
1998 Society of Sculptors Queensland Annual Exhibition, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane QLD Australia
1998 Arts & Cultural Expo, Caboolture QLD Australia
1998 Caloundra Arts & Crafts Festival, Caloundra QLD Australia
1998 "Taking Shape" Cooloola Shire Public Gallery, Gympie QLD Australia
1998 "East Coast Sculpture Show" Thursday Plantation, Ballina NSW Australia
1998 Smith & Stonely on Stratton, Brisbane QLD Australia
1997 Quadrivium, Sydney NSW Australia
1997 "Trans" Soapbox, Brisbane QLD Australia
1997 BOAB Gallery, Brisbane QLD Australia
1997 Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane QLD Australia
1997 "3x3D/1=21 Sculpture Exhibition" Central City Library, Brisbane QLD Australia
1997 "International Womens' Week Exhibition" Parklands, Southport QLD Australia
1997 Caloundra Arts & Crafts Festival, Caloundra QLD Australia
1996 Sculpture Satellite 96, Brisbane QLD Australia
1996 Stanthorpe Arts Festival, Stanthorpe QLD Australia
1996 Tweed Valley Art Prize Exhibition, Tweed River Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW Australia
1996 Logan Art Award National Competition, Logan QLD Australia
1996 Tamborine Mountain Festival of Arts, Mt. Tamborine QLD Australia
1996 Caloundra Arts & Crafts Festival, Caloundra QLD Australia
1996 First Toowoomba Biennial Acquisitive Exhibition, Toowoomba Regional Gallery QLD Australia
1996 "Pausing for Effect" Metro Arts Gallery, Brisbane QLD Australia
1995 Caloundra Arts & Crafts Festival, Caloundra QLD Australia
1995 Logan Art Award National Competition, Logan QLD Australia
1995 "Insigns 1995", Ashmore QLD Australia
1994 "Light Sculptures" Lyall Burton Gallery, Melbourne VIC Australia
1994 Stanthorpe Arts Festival, Stanthorpe QLD Australia
1994 "Urban Totems" Blaxland Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia
1994 "Solander 20th Birthday Survey" Solander Gallery, Canberra ACT Australia
1994 "Fire and Light" Supa Centre, Sydney NSW Australia
1994 Caloundra Arts & Crafts Festival, Caloundra QLD Australia
1972-93 Numerous juried and invitational shows in New York, Louisiana, California and Maine USA

 

PUBLICATIONS

2010 Show Catalogue: “Revealing Culture” Smithsonian International Gallery, Washington DC, USA
2006 Show Catalogue: ”Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize”
2004 Courier Mail, "Switched On To Light", April 29, Australia
2004 Queensland Times, Ipswich "Water Flows in a Trickle of Light", April 7, Australia
2003 ”Conrad Jupiter’s Art Prize” catalogue, Australia
2003 Phoenix Sun, “Into the Light” exhibition review, USA
2002 Show Catalogue: Ranamok Glass Prize Finalists, Australia
1998 Queensland Homes, Brisbane "Lights", Australia
1996 Show Catalogue: Sculpture Satellite '96, Australia
1996 Show Catalogue: Toowoomba Regional First Biennial Juried Exhibition, Australia
1996 Show Catalogue: Tamborine Mountain Festival of Arts, Australia
1995 Signs of the Times "Australia's Fire & Light Exhibition", USA
1995 OZ Arts "Neon Sculpture", Australia
1994 The Age, Melbourne "Art Review", Australia
1994 Architectural Review "Light Twists: Neon As Art", Australia
1994 West Valley Times, Orange "Neon Art", Australia
1992 Nambucca Valley Guardian "Neon Art"
1991 Los Medanos College Experience "Big and Bold"
1990 Show Catalogue "The Magic of Light and Motion"
1984 San Francisco Examiner "Art Masters of the Future"
1984 Berkeley Voice "The Arts Column", University Art Museum Datebook "MFA 1984"

 

CURATORIAL

2010 “Lucky Thirteen: 13th Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
2009 “An Even Dozen: 12th Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
2008 “11 N.O.: 11th Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
2007 “X”: 10th Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
2006 “9 Lives: 9th Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
2005 “Octopainty: 8th Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
2004 “Siete: 7th Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
2003 “28th Biennial Asia-Pacific Wataboshi Festival” visual arts coordinator/curator, Brisbane QLD
2003 “Sixth Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
2002 “243: Fifth Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
2002 Judge / Curator: “Wooloombin Art Prize”, Brisbane QLD
2001 “Unique Passions”, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe QLD
2001 “4x3D: Fourth Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
1999 Judge / Curator: “Evolution Festival”, Tamborine Mountain QLD
2000 “3x3D: Third Annual Exhibition”, Ipswich Global Information Centre, Ipswich QLD
1999 “One Step Up: the Collectors’ Edition”, Humanities Gallery, Ipswich QLD
1999  “Converging Visions” (co-curation), Ipswich Community Gallery, Ipswich QLD
1999 “3-D: Drawing, Diversity and Disabilities” Ipswich Public Library, Ipswich QLD
1998 “Art in Need… Art in Deed” Ipswich Public Library, Ipswich QLD


COLLECTIONS

Ipswich Public Library, Ipswich QLD, Australia
Sale Regional Gallery, Sale VIC, Australia
Stanthorpe Art Gallery, Stanthorpe QLD, Australia
Cities of Concord and Hayward, California USA
Numerous private and corporate collections in America and Australia

 

Artist's Statement

My primary concern is with light.

We see light all the time, but we seldom experience it. My artwork, in all its forms and mediums, is about this involvement with light. What can be learned of its character or strength? How much can it penetrate through or bounce around a barrier or object? How does light affect colour? These are the questions I ask with my artwork.

The issue of "community" is explored in my two most recent projects. My public artwork for the Lynbrook Community Centre is titled “The Mirror”. In it, the Lynbrook community looks and comments on itself. Two hundred individual artworks have been created by Lynbrook students (pre-school, primary) and community groups (aged care, indigenous, residents) about their views on the neighbourhood. Their responses have been digitised, manipulated, scaled and printed on transparencies in gridded sections 100cm (H) x 100cm (W). These are mounted on aluminium boxes, backlit by neon, sandwiched between Perspex and diffuser sheets. Four double-sided light-boxes will be suspended from the ceiling and four will be wall-mounted. The wall mounted light boxes will show the artwork coloured and illuminated by the neon shapes. The suspended light boxes will give viewers the opportunity to see the “back side” of the assemblages, revealing what those shapes are that are contributing to the variations in surface colouring (on the artwork side), like ‘the magician’s secret’. The suspended units will be arranged in a cross format while the wall mounted assemblages will be located on the adjacent wall in the Centre foyer.

 In "The Postcard Project" (2010) there are over 400 postcards of images from students in Years 4 through University. The subject matter is the West End community: what they like, where they go, what they hope for the future and what they fear for the future. The cards were digitised, scaled, manipulated and printed on digital transparencies and backlit with neon. Including a 11 metre (33') section of concrete wall filled with definitions of 'community', this work spans 33 metres (100') on an exterior accoustic wall.

High Schools are the sites of my two 1997 Art-Built In projects. “DDS: The Bridge”  (for the Brisbane State High library) is about the Dewey Decimal System. There are 10 double-sided digital transparencies, each of which visual represents that specific category of knowledge. These are lit from within by neon in a variety of symbols, shapes and colours, again as related to category. In “The Star” (for Upper Coomera State College’s Performing Arts building) the subject is the five tenants of the new centre: Art, Music, Drama, Dance and Media. Each is represented by its own cast resin slab, embedded with images that symbolise that discipline. Spatial organisation is in the form of a star, with a stainless steel star serving both as a central focus and as a light source via the halogen fixtures on each point.

The Inala campus of the Bremer Institute of TAFE (“Cascade”) was an Art Built-In project from 2004 consisting of 12 cast resin discs arranged along a 10 metre long neon “spine”. All is symbolic of Water; the discs have symbols of water embedded, embossed and engraved within them. There are three sources of light available: natural, neon and halogen. This project as well as the Charleville Cosmos Centre (“Observing the Imaginary”) were typical of the collaborative nature of my art process: I worked closely alongside Project Managers in liaison with architects and was involved in the problem-solving process as a member of the team of installers to get the jobs finished according to specifications and within budget.

David Forbes

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