Lazarides is delighted to welcome Doug Foster as the latest addition to their international stable of artists. Opening to the public 21st January, In the Naughty Chair marks the artists first solo show with the gallery as well the only digital-art exhibition to date within their Fitzrovia space. A selection of Fosters most celebrated works will be showcased alongside an exclusive premier of his newest installation from which the exhibition
derives its title.
To kick off the 2011 exhibition programme, the interiors of Lazarides Georgian townhouse on Rathbone Place will be transformed into a stark, clinical setting for the artists stereoscopic and high-definition screen works. Some of Fosters installations explore the lengths that people will go to when faced with serious challenges, while others attempt to beguile at a primal level by fabricating perfect symmetry from irregular natural forms. All his works strive to engage the viewer emotionally by attempting to reveal some small insight into the human condition.
Those visiting In the Naughty Chair will be able to interact with the artwork displayed over two floors of the gallery space. Part sculpture, part film, the exhibition will revisit Fosters acclaimed works such as his unnerving take on cryonic preservation Frozen, his stereoscopic study of desperation in a steel-plate box Breather, as well as the domestic scale version of his most recent compelling video work and debut collaboration with Lazarides in The Old Vic Tunnels, The Heretics Gate. Continuing his Human Experiments series, Fosters new installation The Naughty Chair delves deeper into his introspective fascination with the human psyche. Inspired by the mind control programmes run secretly and illegally by the CIA during the Cold War, this sinister steel chair forces its occupant to face the relentless, rippling Brainwasher.