The effects of everyday phenomena provide Foster with inspiration. He pays homage in works which both evoke and rely upon their surroundings. His Polygon Mountain series, for example, mimic and constantly alter with the transient effects of light on the immaculately polished bodywork. Essentially, these reflective, sculptural evocations of movement engage in a dialogue with their environment, ensuring their relevance within that ever-changing setting.
Foster’s sculptural practice is not reductive – his abstractions are neither forced nor spare. Rather, his pared back sculptural forms harness the essence of the geographical features which inspired them, echoing their physical properties and environmental qualities, such as the bite of an easterly wind, or the rolling sweep of a breaking wave. Polygon Ribbon is a prime example; it’s a visually engaging work which, in its soothing fluidity, is simultaneously uplifting and restful.
In dispensing with superfluous detail Foster’s works are imbued with an honesty which belies the industrial processes through which they are realised. And while Foster’s works emulate natural forms, clearly the artist revels in the mechanical engineering which facilitates their creation. Indeed, the juxtaposition of organic versus manmade, appears to drive this artist’s practice as he endeavours to achieve a harmonious fusion of the two diametrically opposed forces.