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Rebecca Foster
updated: 03/13/2012
website: www.buildupteardown.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Four drawings from the series July 22, 1941
observation and sensing
mission reports; landing site
debriefings and summaries
field exercises
interchanges
good to make something that laughed in the face of it
women erased, flogged, and restricted
a central reporting convention
the seen and the unseen
left and right
Truism deterioration, Jenny Holzer 1984
offshore options
238,857 miles
slated to be a parking lot
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, documentary, mapping, mimetic, memory, narrative, process, political, social criticism
 
 
Four drawings from the series July 22, 1941 by Rebecca Foster
Four drawings from the series July 22, 1941
graphite on paper
2011-12
5.5 " x  8.5 " 
observation and sensing by Rebecca Foster
observation and sensing
woodblock relief print on mulberry paper
2012
20 " x  24 " 
mission reports; landing site by Rebecca Foster
mission reports; landing site
woodblock relief print on mulberry paper
2011
22 " x  26 " 
debriefings and summaries by Rebecca Foster
debriefings and summaries
woodblock relief print on mulberry paper
2011
10 " x  12 " 
field exercises by Rebecca Foster
field exercises
woodblock relief print on mulberry paper
2011
12 " x  16 " 
interchanges by Rebecca Foster
interchanges
graphite on paper
2009
5.5" x  8.5" 
good to make something that laughed in the face of it by Rebecca Foster
good to make something that laughed in the face of it
graphite on paper
2009
8.5" x  5.5" 
women erased, flogged, and restricted by Rebecca Foster
women erased, flogged, and restricted
graphite on paper
2009
8.5" x  5.5" 
a central reporting convention by Rebecca Foster
a central reporting convention
graphite on paper
2009
8.5" x  5.5" 
the seen and the unseen by Rebecca Foster
the seen and the unseen
graphite on paper
2009
8.5" x  5.5" 
left and right by Rebecca Foster
left and right
graphite on paper
2009
8.5" x  5.5" 
Truism deterioration, Jenny Holzer 1984 by Rebecca Foster
Truism deterioration, Jenny Holzer 1984
graphite on paper
2008
8.5" x  5.5" 
offshore options by Rebecca Foster
offshore options
graphite on paper
2009
8.5" x  5.5" 
238,857 miles by Rebecca Foster
238,857 miles
graphite on paper
2009
8.5" x  5.5" 
slated to be a parking lot by Rebecca Foster
slated to be a parking lot
graphite on paper
2009
8.5" x  5.5" 

Artist Statement

My work is concerned with the ongoing process of locating ourselves in the context of our surroundings, notions of time and place, and our individual, visceral memories of the past, present and projected future.  Through drawings, prints, and discreet performance my work attempts to define the distance between experience and memory and describes connectivity through synesthetic relationships—essentially “joined sensations,” or the stimulation of one sensory modality causing a perception in one or more different senses.  

I am currently working on a project that investigates collective cultural memory and historical record by recreating each frame from the only existing film footage of Anne Frank.  The film footage was released in September 2009 on YouTube. The original film clip is 21 seconds long and Anne Frank is present in approximately 5.5 seconds.  I am recreating the 132 frames in which Anne Frank is present from the original 16mm film using graphite.  The film represents an everyday moment, four years before Frank would die in the Bergen-Belsen camp.   The 132 meticulously rendered drawings, will represent the finite archive of moving image information of Anne Frank. Viewers will be able to spend time with each frame as well as viewing all of them simultaneously.  A short experimental film reshot on July 22, 2011 at the original site in Amsterdam will accompany the installation of drawings.  The film mimics the exact camera angles, cuts and frames as the original film 70 years later.

Other current projects include a series a prints exploring the surface of the moon as a familiar yet inaccessible landscape.  I am interested in exploring the likeness of moonscapes to the landscapes we encounter on earth and how our cultural familiarity with moon exploration will shift as NASA's program comes to a close.

 

Artist Bio / CV

REBECCA FOSTER
Born 1978, Baltimore, Maryland
Lives in San Francisco, CA
contact foster.rebecca@gmail.com


EDUCATION
M.F.A. 2008 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
B.F.A. 2001 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
B.A., English Literature, 2001 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

EXHIBITIONS

2011
NOMADIC TEXT, What It is, Chicago, IL Curated by Jessica Cochran and Mia Ruyter
FACULTY EXHIBITION, Diablo Valley College Gallery, Pleasant Hill, CA
TASTE, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2009
83rd ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION, judged by Peter Nesbett and Shelly Bancroft, Publishers of Art on Paper magazine, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA

2008
IPCNY BENEFIT EXHIBITION, International Print Center New York, New York, NY
HOME an exploration of one’s ideal personal space., Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL
COMMUNUAL DINNER: Feeding our Bodies of Knowledge, Visual and Critical Studies Symposium at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, IL
MFA EXHIBITION, Gallery 2 and Project Space, Chicago, IL
ORIGINS: An Exhibition at the Penn Graduate Humanites Forum, Fox Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
NEW PRINTS 2008/WINTER, International Print Center New York, New York, NY
IPCNY NEW PRINTS 2008/WINTER, Coastal Carolina University, Bryan Art Gallery, Conway, SC

2007
TARGETING JOHNS, Gallery 2 and Project Space, Chicago, IL
ONE OF ONE: Prints Like No Other, Spudnik Press, Chicago, IL
IMPRINT/EXPORT, Printmaking in New York and Amsterdam, De Passage Gallery at AGA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
PROOF, Gallery X, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2001
CAVITY, BFA Thesis Exhibition, Experimental Gallery, Tjaden Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


COLLECTIONS

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Chicago, IL, Artists’ Book Collection
JOAN FLASCH ARTISTS’ BOOK COLLECTION, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL