How much does architecture reflect the society of the time? Think of the great cathedrals and parish churches representing the importance of religion in medieval communities, the perfection of Greek Temples connecting to the hidden world of the gods, the great tombs of Egypt linking to the afterlife, and the modernist monotonous blocks of flats in post-war Eastern-European countries.
Richard Forster’s ‘Notes on Architecture’ brings modernist and other architecture into the fine 18th century townhouse in Mayfair that is home to the Timothy Taylor Gallery, both during the day and at night. Outside, through the windows, you can see the city changing with redevelopment; inside what looks like photographs are paintings with repeated images that ask questions about the architecture and the society of its time, whether mass-housing, historic buildings or symbols of popular culture like nightclubs, with an occasional invasion of nature. The focus on pattern, shape, form, light and shadow is reminiscent of the tonal qualities which can be achieved with manipulating a black and white photograph. In this, Forster bridges across the two artistic forms, in the same way as he bridges architecture with the people who interact with it.