Ryan Foerster

Canadian, b. 1983

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Ryan Foerster

Canadian, b. 1983

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Ryan Foerster embraces chance and the transformative effects of time, weather, and other organic processes in abstract photographs that range from ethereal to tempestuous. In works like Hurricane/ Julie Shower (2006-2012), Foerster places photosensitive paper outdoors, leaving the reactive tabula rasas to interact with sun, rain, dirt, leaves, and insects. The resulting compositions—sometimes built over several years—are richly hued and layered with spontaneous, alchemic gestures that resemble bonfires, celestial bodies, and starbursts. In the tradition of camera-less photography championed by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray (and continued by Foerster’s contemporaries like Sam Falls and Jack Siegel), Foerster explores the formal potential of transfiguration, evolution, and decay.

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Biography

Ryan Foerster embraces chance and the transformative effects of time, weather, and other organic processes in abstract photographs that range from ethereal to tempestuous. In works like Hurricane/ Julie Shower (2006-2012), Foerster places photosensitive paper outdoors, leaving the reactive tabula rasas to interact with sun, rain, dirt, leaves, and insects. The resulting compositions—sometimes built over several years—are richly hued and layered with spontaneous, alchemic gestures that resemble bonfires, celestial bodies, and starbursts. In the tradition of camera-less photography championed by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Man Ray (and continued by Foerster’s contemporaries like Sam Falls and Jack Siegel), Foerster explores the formal potential of transfiguration, evolution, and decay.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Top emerging
Emerging representation
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Aspen Art Museum
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Shanghai Biennale
Articles Featuring Ryan Foerster
Up and Coming: One Man’s Trash is Ryan Foerster’s Treasure
Oct 23rd, 2014
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Apr 23rd, 2014
Weathered Works
Mar 9th, 2013
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