Born in Newmarket, Canada in 1983, and based in New York since 2008, Ryan Foerster has been internationally renowned for his messy, abstract and arguably punk-rock approach to formerly pristine photographic process.
Aside from photography, where the artist is particularly interested in the chances that occur during shooting, developing, and printing, Ryan Foerster has been producing cheap and widely circulated zines since he was a teenager. With them, he creates narratives through texts and images of his work.
Aluminum printing plates used in the production are meant to be discarded after use, but he is interested in their formal properties, so he began incorporating them in installations in 2010. The aluminum printing plates are either left with the sole traces of the printer or most often act as a point of departure of the final work by adding various elements such as ink, paint, debris or photographs.
Foerster has had several solo exhibitions, such as Underwrought An De Re in 2016 at Abrons Art Center, New York. Raccoon Trap at The National Exemplar, New York and Ryan Foerster at Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles in 2015. Ryan Foerster at C L E A R I N G. New York and NYT Trap, Shoot the Lobster, Saigon, VN in 2014.
His work has also been presented in numerous group shows in the US and internationally in galleries and institutions. Foerster was granted numerous awards, such as the NADA Artadia Award.
The artist is represented by Ribordy Contemporary since 2010 and by CLEARING since 2012.