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Johnston Foster’s sculptural practice is an alchemic approach to found and recycled materials that the artist collects through an intensive process of hunting and gathering in his immediate and present environment. The result is an ongoing pursuit to transcend creation through this homegrown alchemy using found materials.
The process of collecting and repurposing the cast-off of the sprawling urban world is a necessity where restrictions in medium and economy lend themselves to unexpected results. Intuition, spontaneity and a hand’s on, labor intensive approach aspire towards an intimate and critical object making where exploration and discovery are the desired goals. Foster’s imagery is often inspired by the natural world and myths of historic and urban origin, while the mediums he uses are directly drawn from the excess of Western consumerism.
Johnston Foster works and lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has exhibited widely through out the United States and Europe in solo and group exhibitions including P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center MOMA, 21c Museum, MASS MOCA, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts and The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. Foster was born in South Boston, Virginia in 1978; he received a BFA in Sculpture From Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001, an MFA from Hunter College, NYC in 2005, and attended the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in 2003.