• Johnston Foster: New Works

    Date posted: August 16, 2011 Author: jolanta

     

    Johnston Foster brings a long-lost sensibility of hand-craftedness to his sculptures, which open a window into humankind’s obsessions and follies while demonstrating a sheer love of making something out of what is wastefully consigned to the dustbin. His signature style is to create work out of discarded, cast-off materials he finds strewn across highway medians, tossed into dumpsters, and abandoned in the alleyways and byways of rural and urban America.

    “Johnston lets his surroundings dictate the materials he will use and the sculpture he will create. “

     

    Johnston Foster, The Keeper, 2010. Plastic traffic barrels, bicycles spokes, garden hose, plastic cutting board, plastic table cloths, rubber, PVC, glass, wire, plastic ties, hot glue, screws, Sharpie, 47 x 147 x 52 inches. Courtesy of 21c Museum, Louisville, KY.

    Johnston Foster: New Works

    Johnston Foster brings a long-lost sensibility of hand-craftedness to his sculptures, which open a window into humankind’s obsessions and follies while demonstrating a sheer love of making something out of what is wastefully consigned to the dustbin. His signature style is to create work out of discarded, cast-off materials he finds strewn across highway medians, tossed into dumpsters, and abandoned in the alleyways and byways of rural and urban America. Johnston lets his surroundings dictate the materials he will use and the sculpture he will create. This strategy results in work that reflects the physical environment and the social, political, and cultural climate in which it was made. He is not only a gatherer of things, but also a gatherer of ideas that he translates into three dimensions and informs with his unique, rough-hewn style.

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