Visual Arts Alum, Megan Foster ‘02 is featured at the Black & White Gallery this winter. The exhibition, Illuminating, will show from October 28th to December 23rd, 2016. Illuminating offers insightful narratives of the everyday experience through a mix of art, architecture, design and so-called science. Inspired by her middle-class, suburban upbringing, Foster makes paintings and silkscreens using appropriated images to depict banal scenes that have the potential to be spectacular and fantastic. "My paintings have a cut stencil feel," she says. "I take a conceptual approach and play with light, creating an illusion using something super flat."
Foster credits Steven Spielberg as one of her early influences. Like Spielberg, she often uses nature as a backdrop to experiment with "weird science." For example, a recent report on the BBC about protecting reindeer from traffic accidents by coating their antlers with reflective paint led to her Deer Crossing series. Foster describes this work as "a whole family of deer that glow."
Through works such as glow-in-the-dark designer pets and over-the-top, solar-powered garden decorations, and hybrid plants or naturally occurring spectacles, such as the red tide, the Northern Lights or fields of fireflies, Foster rethinks the meaning of landscape and the sublime. She continues to develop the notion of "homegrown science projects gone awry.”
Megan Foster earned her BFA at RISD (2000) and MFA at Columbia University (2002). Before joining the faculty at RISD in the fall of 2016, Foster taught at The City College of New York where she was the head of Printmaking and director of the MFA program. She was also master printer at the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies and is the co-founder of Moonlight Editions. Her work has been included in exhibitions at Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Mixed Greens Gallery, NYC; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY; Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing, China; and the San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, among other venues. Illuminating is Foster's third solo exhibition at Black & White Gallery.