Colin Foster at Springsteen

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Artist: Colin Foster

Exhibition title: The Squinter’s Watch

Venue: Springsteen, Baltimore, US

Date: July 9 – August 6, 2016

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Springsteen, Baltimore

I walk past the park holding some groceries when I see some junk kids gathering around the trunk of a juniper tree. There’s a girl in a hot pink skirt looking up with her mouth open at a dragon tangled in the branches. Struggling to breathe through the leaves, its silver scales are dented from the grasp of a branch. The boys throw cans at it and the girl says damn we should probably do something about this, and takes out a 40-volt lithium ion chainsaw and starts cutting. And the dragon regards her with intense feelings of loneliness, and the girl feels powerful to be conquering this armored beast surrounded by juniper berries that seem as though they’d taste like vodka and sea salt, dangling like ornaments. The wood splinters and the dragon heaves majestically, parting the branches like a curtain and spreading its wings like dragons are depicted to do in folklore, and blows out a curl of fire that engulfs the girl and her hot pink skirt, as I stand there thinking about how someone probably loved that juniper tree.

–Nicolette Polek

Colin Foster (b. 1990, Massena, NY) lives and works in Baltimore, MD. He recently participated in the two-person presentations Rigor Raging Rigger, Freddy, Baltimore (w/ Torey Thornton); and at Material Art Fair, presented by Springsteen (w/ Erika Ceruzzi). Selected group exhibitions include: Skylab, Columbus, OH; Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, curated by Springsteen; Terrault Contemporary, Baltimore; and Lil Gallery, Baltimore.

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Colin Foster, The Self-Aware Slug, 2016
Custom Softwear, Linux Computer, Vinyl, 22” x 28”

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Colin Foster, The Self-Aware Slug, 2016 (detail)
Custom Softwear, Linux Computer, Vinyl, 22” x 28”

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Colin Foster, Young Plastec Son, 2016
UHMW, ABS, PP, PVC, Silicone, Custom Electronics, Submersible Pump, 65”x18”x15”

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Colin Foster, Temporal Pressure, 2016
Land Rover Discovery instrument panel, custom electronics, 15” x 5.5”

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Colin Foster, Another Salad, 2015
Corregated Plastic, ABS, Tape, Acrylic, PVA, Hardware, 29” x 44”

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Colin Foster, Another Salad, 2015 (detail)
Corregated Plastic, ABS, Tape, Acrylic, PVA, Hardware, 29” x 44”

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Colin Foster, A Display of Horse, 2016
Pine, Acrylic, UHMW, SBR, Hardware, 37” x 74” x 5”

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Colin Foster, Inbetween Wet Drops.. Retired, 2016
Found hiking boots, Hardware, 13” x 18” x 4”

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Colin Foster, Inbetween Wet Drops.. Retired, 2016 (detail)
Found hiking boots, Hardware, 13” x 18” x 4”

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Colin Foster, The Problem With Busses, 2016 (detail)
Aluminum, Maple, Urethane Foam, Steel, Silver, Hardware, 71” x 24” x 22”

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Colin Foster, The Problem With Busses, 2016 (detail)
Aluminum, Maple, Urethane Foam, Steel, Silver, Hardware, 71” x 24” x 22”

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Colin Foster, Eveninging, (in collaboration w colin van winkle), 2016
Fiberglass, Epoxy, Enamel, Custom Electronics, Hardware, 6” x 40” x 16”

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Colin Foster, Eveninging, (in collaboration w colin van winkle), 2016 (detail)
Fiberglass, Epoxy, Enamel, Custom Electronics, Hardware, 6” x 40” x 16”

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Colin Foster, Eveninging, (in collaboration w colin van winkle), 2016 (detail)
Fiberglass, Epoxy, Enamel, Custom Electronics, Hardware, 6” x 40” x 16”

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Colin Foster, Eveninging, (in collaboration w colin van winkle), 2016 (detail)
Fiberglass, Epoxy, Enamel, Custom Electronics, Hardware, 6” x 40” x 16”

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Colin Foster, Eveninging, (in collaboration w colin van winkle), 2016
Fiberglass, Epoxy, Enamel, Custom Electronics, Hardware, 6” x 40” x 16”

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Colin Foster, Eveninging, (in collaboration w colin van winkle), 2016 (detail)
Fiberglass, Epoxy, Enamel, Custom Electronics, Hardware, 6” x 40” x 16”

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Colin Foster, Eveninging, (in collaboration w colin van winkle), 2016 (detail)
Fiberglass, Epoxy, Enamel, Custom Electronics, Hardware, 6” x 40” x 16”

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