The Fine Art Society in London has opened a two week viewing of the installations of Doug Foster. “Only Human” delves into human need and desire to be needed. Often calling attention to the other, these pieces evoke a whole arrived at through the power of duality.
In “Breather”, the audience is invited to look through two sets of peep holes set in a rusty steel cabinet. The upper view port shows a breathless woman in water up to the neck. She fills her lungs and dips below the surface calling attention to the lower set of optics that offer a scene in which the woman now completely submerged shares her breath with a man in the form of a kiss. It’s the kind of work that shows some of the possibilities of video installation.
Also included in the exhibition is Foster’s “Folding Stereoscopic Viewer”. The resultant three dimensional images of women in front of the bathroom mirror creates a reality that is a whole dependent on it’s parts.
10-23 September 2008
FAS Contemporary Art
Doug’s work takes you by surprise and forces you to extend your mind beyond what you think you are seeing. Superb!