Johnston Foster brings a long-lost sense of discernment to recycled materials in his sculptures, which are created out of discarded, cast-off materials he finds strewn across highway medians, tossed into dumpsters and abandoned in alleys. In re-purposing these collected materials and choosing to work with found materials, Foster creates a dialog about consumer culture and society’s relationship with the natural world.
His works are metaphors for survival, ironically demonstrating how the essential materials of nature can be transformed to support human existence, but then are recklessly consigned to the waste bin. Foster’s sculptures are created impulsively allowing the material to determine what it will eventually become and has installed many of his large-scale, site-specific sculptures for venues across North America.
Originally from Williamsburg, Virginia. Johnston Foster is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.