October 23, 2013

Ryan Foerster and seven pieces shaped by hurricane Sandy, currently at Galerie Bugada & Cargnel in Paris

A series of seven works by the Canadian artist Ryan Foerster, born 1983, are now on show at Galerie Bugada & Cargnel in Paris. They are part of a group exhibition which gathers together works produced by their interaction with sun light and various natural elements.


With regards to Foerster’s works, however, this is not the main feature we would underline. Even if his photographic images are the result of a long process of exposure of a photo-sensible paper to terrain, grass, stones and other organic elements, we wouldn’t call them process based images. On the contrary, they ought to be considered information based.


The writings Hanna Buonaguro composed in occasion of the artist’s solo shows at Martos gallery and at C-l-e-a-r-i-n-g, both in 2012 are, what we call, the artwork’s software. She describes herself as “sentimentally involved with the artist”, and her texts are, in effect, a sentimental introduction without which it would be hard to grasp the real essence of the pieces.


A text, written by Foerster himself in this case, is also the conceptual frame of a collective show curated by the artist in 2011 at Brighton Beach, CA, where he was based at that time (Sam Falls, Ben Schumacher, Aaron Bobrow, Jacob Kassasy, Matt Scheridan Smith and Elaine Cameron-Weir were among the artist’s “friends” invited).


It is indeed the information that actually gives identity to the artist’s work. It certainly makes a difference to know that the seven photographic images, now on show in Paris, were exposed to the hurricane Sandy.