Photo: Robert Foster in London

Robert Foster


I am interested in the tragi-comic, and the way it is possible to present the audience with a proposition that can be viewed as light-hearted, or something more sinister, in order to prompt questions of spectatorship. My works often utilise an exaggerated register, influenced by the Theatre of the Absurd and slapstick comedy, to emphasise the staged nature of these performative incidents. Recently, I have also begun to draw on my memories of childhood for inspiration in creating situations that playfully highlight the difficulty in returning to the gestures of imagined youthful exploration and unbridled creativity.

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  • Testing Ground: Masterclass

    28/01/2015 – 04/02/2015
    Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

    I will be taking part in a week-long mentorship programme at the Zabludowicz Collection. Mentors include Doug Fishbone, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Matthew Darbyshire, Elizabeth Price and Mark Titchner.

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  • The Nottingham Interlude

    Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

    Part of an ongoing project with Frank Bobbins Institute that began in October 2014 with The Interlude at Sluice Exchange Rates, New York, USA, soon to be showing at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK.

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  • Haphazard

    Z-Arts, Manchester, UK

    I will be presenting a new participatory performance Fool's Game for Haphazard at Z-Arts, Manchester, UK.

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