Lord of Things - Artology magazine review
Fosters sculptures accomplish a subtle balance between static form and floating motion, ingeniously culminating the natural and the handmade. Works like “Golden Boy” – a sculptural hommage to the Fosters family dog – mirror the dramatic forms of the mountains with their rugged and fractioned icefields contrasting shadowy rocks and boulders. Similarly, his kinetic abstract sculptures echo the restless coastal waters and winds which swiftly reshape New Zealand’s stony shores. No wonder that Foster’s sculptural work, which in many regards ligns him with Tuffery and Parekowhai, is backgrounded best by the actual landscapes that inspired them. And yet, despite his profound association with nature`s contouring mastery, the so broadly skilled sculptor never tries to conceal the mechanic and industrial origin of his statuary art. On the opposite, much of Fosters creative expression is derived from fusing the organic and the manmade with commanding consistency, no matter if carried out in polished or enamel-coated aluminium or stainless steel. There are still many adventurous and magical stories to be told about New Zealands majestic natural beauty and the power of creative vision ...just listen to Ben Foster [Read more at www.Artology.com]
2014 Solo Show 'Nexus' - Auckland
Kaikoura-based sculptor Ben Foster draws upon the physical landscape of home with his static, stylised figurative works mirroring the dramatic forms of the mountains which are his backdrop. Similarly, his kinetic abstract sculptures echo the restless coastal waters and winds which swiftly reshape the stony shores. His artistic practice serves as a vehicle through which he explores human interaction with the land and the animals with which we share our lives and spaces.
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Stark White Geometric Animal Sculptures by Ben Foster
Kaikoura, New Zealand-based sculptor Ben Foster creates modern, inorganic renderings of animals that boast a geometric design. Each sculpture in his portfolio, whether it be a seal balancing an invisible ball, a horse standing in place, or a dog howling at the moon, blurs the lines between the real and abstract. They also each incite spectators to shift their positions to get the full visual spectrum of their complex shape [Read more at mymodernmet.com]
Angular Animals Show Off Clean Color Palettes and Breathtaking New Zealand Views
There are two things that Ben Foster most certainly knows how to do well—create gorgeous industrial versions of animal silhouettes and compose a damn good photo. It's not just luck or coincidence, either. There's a reason his work looks so fantastic nestled among the lush New Zealand scenery [Read more at Core77.com]
The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2013 - 2015
The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2013-2015 provides a unique insight into the richness and diversity of New Zealand contemporary art through the work of emerging and established artists represented by a single gallery. Essays have been contributed by 21 of New Zealand's leading art writers, historians, and curators, each offering their own distinctive insights. This diversity of viewpoints creates an absorbing survey of current critical discourse to read alongside portfolios of the artists' work. Featuring over 100 full-colour images of sculpture, video, photography, installation and painting, this book is an enlightening and entertaining snapshot of New Zealand art at this moment in time.
The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2013-2015
2013 Solo Show 'Continuum' - Auckland
There is a big contrast in the work of Ben Foster in his exhibition Continuum at the Sanderson Parnell Gallery. There are four abstract twisting sculptures, of which three are neat little decorative pieces called Ribbon, like early thoughts for the fourth which gives its title to the show. This is much larger, with a big gain in size and in the tension and drive of the twisting form.The other works, in white alumnium, are animal forms in a faceted, cubist style. They are a seal, a dog and a life-size horse. At this size they should be monumental, especially the horse, but the immaculate white and systematic quality of the forms makes them more toy than monument.
.J McNamara. (2013, Feb 27). Fresh work shows off young talent. The New Zealand Herald. Read the full article: www.nzherald.co.nz
Ben Foster Sculpture on FaceBook
Latest works in progress and news is now on Ben Foster Sculpture's Facebook page. Visit: [www.facebook.com]
2011 Solo Show 'Momentum' - Auckland
Foster’s forms, sinuous, flowing and monumental in scale, are motivated by the sublime land- and seascapes of Kaikoura, where the artist’s studio is set. In his new work, Foster mounts an investigation of the symbiosis of the natural and the man-made [Read more]
The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2011-2013
The Artists: 21 Practitioners in New Zealand Contemporary Art c. 2011-2013 showcases 21 full-time New Zealand artists working in sculpture, photography and painting. The publication presents emerging artists alongside established names providing in-depth information on their current practices and a wealth of full-colour images of pieces from their current portfolios.
Read the review by the New Zealand Listener [www.listener.co.nz]