APRIL 19–SEPTEMBER 3, 2005
Foster’s (dis)enchanted world is informed by cartoon imagery, pop culture and even kitsch. The coarse craftsmanship of his work, exaggerated by his use of recycled materials, invites us to consider ordinary objects in new contexts that amuse and provoke, ultimately raising more questions than answers. The menagerie of creatures performing in Johnston Foster’s theatrical spectacle appears tame upon first glance. But the playful nature of the work disguises an underlying tension in the relationship between man and nature. By highlighting the struggle for survival and adaptation, Foster reveals a darker aspect to this suburban fairy tale.