Alex Foster was born in 1987 and raised in Southern California. Using inspiration from pop art, popular culture, social pressures and intimate relationships he creates objects within a narrative context which are sympathetic, evoking emotions such as sadness, hopelessness, rejection and defeat, while maintaining a sense of completeness in aesthetic craftsmanship. Alex Foster’s art has been shown in various exhibitions in California and in Salt Lake City, and currently he has work on exhibit in the Group Show at the Pebbles and Twigs Gallery in Salt Lake City. Alex Foster is a BFA candidate at the University of Utah, graduating in the fall of 2013.
In 2013 Alex was part of Artists of Utah’s 35×35 exhibition.
In a search for my own self-identity and sense of belonging amongst society I create my work to express desires of feelings of rejection and acceptance. My search includes creating three-dimensional objects that use nostalgia, literal imagery and abstraction to depict these inner and outer struggles.
My inspiration comes from pop art, popular culture, societal pressures and intimate relationships.Using materials primarily from the construction industry, I create objects within a narrative context. These stories are sympathetic, evoking emotions such as sadness, hopelessness, rejection and defeat, while maintaining a sense of completeness in aesthetic craftsmanship. Utilizing traditional techniques and skills such as woodworking, woodcarving or metal craft, I create easily recognizable objects reflecting these feelings and emotions. By tapping into my emotions through self-observation, analyzation and reflection, through these objects I tell a story. The story reflects my journey of personal reflection and observance of my own feelings of rejection, failure and isolation. I have observed that these same emotions are what connect me to the vast majority of my peers. Addressing my own conceptions of myself, my intention is to reveal connections between us as humans even in the midst of diversity. Through our collective “aloneness” we become connected to each other.
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