Approved: 24.02.2011

Robert Foster

Artist

Approved: 24.02.2011

I am interested in the role of the artist as a conduit for revealling hidden knowledge and the manner in which art aspires to uncover some insight into the nature of our shared reality. I find inspiration in the ultimate difficulty that lies in communicating this experience and, though the pursuit of this endeavour through the act of creation could be perceived as futile, the resulting works embrace the conflicting possibilities that this dilemma can lead to.

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  • Location: Cambridge, East
  • Activities: Practice-based research
  • Categories: Film & Video, Installation, Mixed Media, Performance, Sculpture
  • Tags: Performance, Video, Photography
 

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    Biography

    I am interested in the role of the artist as a conduit for revealling hidden knowledge and the manner in which art aspires to uncover some insight into the nature of our shared reality. I find inspiration in the ultimate difficulty that lies in communicating this experience and, though the pursuit of this endeavour through the act of creation could be perceived as futile, the resulting works embrace the conflicting possibilities that this dilemma can lead to.

    Recently this has led me to investigate the nature of learning and how our understanding of objects or gestures are shaped by context, as well as the systems that govern how information is formulated and exchanged.

    Whether in a gallery, department store, an organic vegetable farm, a church crypt, or a former school, I have used found materials to make visible the hierarchies of understanding that exist in these settings by reinterpreting specific objects so as to imbue them with new ritualistic or symbolic significance.

    Through these studies, I have begun to embrace a register less overt in order to explore spirituality, esotericism and pseudo-science. The resulting works have attempted to create a link between unsubstantiated, evasive systems of belief and the oblique methodologies of understanding that are fundamental to the decoding of contemporary art.

    CV & Education

    Solo Exhibitions

    2016

    Horizon, Roaming Room, London, UK

    Truth Immaterial, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

    These Thoughts Form Between Us, NN Contemporary Art Project Space, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, UK

     

    Group Exhibitions

    2016

    The Land of the Endless August, Old School Residence, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria

    2015

    Live and Loud, Selfridges & Co, Birmingham, UK

    In Vain, Unit 8, Brighton, UK

    +Performance, Guest Projects, London, UK

    The Nottingham Interlude, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

    2014

    SLAPover, SLAP, York, UK

    Exchange Rates, Brooklyn Fireproof, New York, USA

    Star Rituals, Taralej, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

    Star Rituals, Old School Residence, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria

    FLAT_PAK, Toast, Manchester, UK

    Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep, The Old Stable Block, Worksop, UK

    Pure Performance, Trispace Gallery, London, UK

    Spike Island Open, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

    Monument, FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France

    2013

    Spike Island Open, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

    30 Kilos Of Cocaine Used To Draw The Lines Of A Football Field, 20/22 Nq, Manchester, UK

    2012

    Videoholica, Archeological Museum, Varna, Bulgaria

    Party Time Returns!, Antwerp Mansion, Manchester, UK

    2011

    Party Time, Antwerp Mansion, Manchester, UK

    Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK

    'poolside emergency, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK

    Non-Permanent, Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK

    2010

    Mixed 10, See Gallery, Crawshawbooth, UK

    Non-Permanent, Stellwerk, Kassel, Germany

    In The Round, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, UK

    In The Round, Piccadilly Place, Manchester, UK

     

    Performance

    2016

    Let the light in: An introduction to Sirius Returns, its key ideas and KH's path to spiritual awakening, Crypt Residency, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

    Let the light in: An introduction to Sirius Returns, its key ideas and KH's path to spiritual awakening, These Thoughts Form Between Us, NN Contemporary Art Project Space, Northampton, UK

    2015

    S'oddsanctum, Laines Open Day, Laines Farm, Cuckfield, UK

    Echoes, Just Because, Mini Mart, London, UK

    Fool's Game, Haphazard, Z-Arts, Manchester, UK

    2014

    Bonehead, A Platform, Hackney Wicked, London, UK

    What Remains, Sankofa! Festival, Queen Mary University, London, UK

    Beyond a Joke, Spontaneous Combustion Festival, Arebyte, London, UK

    Prank, Fringe Arts Bath, Bath, UK

    2013

    The Judgment, Ceri Hand Gallery Summer Fete, Ceri Hand Gallery, London, UK

    Spectre, Spike Open 2013, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

    Bucket Dance, Haphazard, Z-Arts, Manchester, UK

    Pratfall, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, National Museum Of Singapore, Singapore

    2012

    Welcome, Compass, Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding, UK

    Stand For Something, Future Now, Hotspur House, Manchester, UK

    2011

    Krapp Slapstick, Manchester Art Crawl, Manchester, UK

     

    Residencies

    2016

    Artist in Residence, Gamli Skóli, Hrísey, Iceland

    Artist in Residence, Roaming Room, London, UK

    Crypt Residency, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

    2014

    The Old School Residence, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria

     

    Collaborations

    2016

    Readings: A collaboration with Diana Granger-Taylor, Horizon, Roaming Room, UK

    2014

    Last Days Of The Office, SLAPover, SLAP, York, UK

     

    Screenings

    2014

    GNARL Fest, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln, UK

    2013

    Axisweb Screening, The Art Party Conference, The Spa, Scarborough, UK

    2012

    S1 Salon, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK

     

    Awards

    2015

    Selected for Testing Ground: Masterclass, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

    2011

    Prizewinner, Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK

     

    Qualifications

    2011

    BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1st Class, Manchester Metropolitan University