Approved: 24.02.2011

Robert Foster-Jones

Artist

Approved: 24.02.2011

My work explores the role of the artist as a conduit for revealing hidden forms of knowledge. I am interested in different religious practices and spiritual beliefs, using influences from my research to create paintings, sculpture, text and performance.

The results bring together complex imagery, symbols and narratives, with prompts for the viewer to make their own connections and interpretations.

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    Artist Statement

    My work explores the role of the artist as a conduit for revealing hidden forms of knowledge. I am interested in different religious practices and spiritual beliefs, using influences from my research to create paintings, sculpture, text and performance.

    The results bring together complex imagery, symbols and narratives, with prompts for the viewer to make their own connections and interpretations. I am intrigued by the latent potential of the viewers’ imagination and how this completes the work, seeking to ask questions, invite participation and offer a chance for reflection.

    I am fascinated by historical modes of productions that have strong connections with spirituality and the search for meaning. These processes encompass calligraphy, paper marbling and ceramics, all methods that resonate with me for the ability to still the mind, provide space for contemplation and offer a glimpse of the beauty of the absolute or the unknown.

    Often my outcomes combine text, object and image in an assemblage or installation that draws upon modes of presentation that allude to votive objects, relics and shrines, incorporating signs, symbols and gestures that evoke a vision of the importance of art in relation to our search for meaning.

    CV & Education

    Residencies

    2021

    SSW Summer Residency, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden, Scotland

    2019

    Home Residency, New York, USA

    2017

    Jodhpur Art Residency, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, India

    2016

    Artist in Residence, Gamli Skóli, Hrísey, Iceland

    Artist in Residence, Roaming Room, London, UK

    Crypt Residency, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

    2014

    The Old School Residence, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria

     

    Collaborations

    2019

    Uptown Grandscale: Mural Collaboration with Jess Rolls, Uptown Grand Central, New York, USA

    2016

    Readings: A collaboration with Diana Granger-Taylor, Horizon, Roaming Room, UK

    2014

    Last Days Of The Office, SLAPover, SLAP, York, UK

     

    Solo Exhibitions

    2017

    Solve et Coagula, Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

    2016

    Horizon, Roaming Room, London, UK

    Truth Immaterial, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

    These Thoughts Form Between Us, NN Contemporary Art Project Space, NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, UK

     

    Group Exhibitions

    2020

    Interesting Times In Venice, London Metropolitan University, London, UK

    something orange... (online exhibition), Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

    The Cambridge Wide Open, Lion Yard Shopping Centre, Cambridge, UK

    2019

    Alpha - Theta, The Old Biscuit Factory, London, UK

    2018

    Secret Postcard Exhibition, Gerald Moore Gallery, London, UK

    Test Space International at Manifesta 12, Santa Croce, Modica and Graniti, Sicily, Italy

    Enshrine, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

    2017

    Grenada Contemporary, Susan Mains Gallery, Grand Anse, Grenada

    Creekside Open: Selected by Jordan Baseman, A.P.T Gallery, London, UK

    May Day May Day All Works Will Be Shown, Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

    Supermarket Art Fair, Svarta Huset, Stockholm, Sweden

    2016

    The Land of the Endless August, Old School Residence, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria

    2015

    Live and Loud, Selfridges & Co, Birmingham, UK

    In Vain, Unit 8, Brighton, UK

    +Performance, Guest Projects, London, UK

    The Nottingham Interlude, Surface Gallery, Nottingham, UK

    2014

    SLAPover, SLAP, York, UK

    Exchange Rates, Brooklyn Fireproof, New York, USA

    Star Rituals, Taralej, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

    Star Rituals, Old School Residence, Gorna Lipnitsa, Bulgaria

    FLAT_PAK, Toast, Manchester, UK

    Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep, The Old Stable Block, Worksop, UK

    Pure Performance, Trispace Gallery, London, UK

    Spike Island Open, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

    Monument, FRAC Basse-Normandie, Caen, France

    2013

    Spike Island Open, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

    30 Kilos Of Cocaine Used To Draw The Lines Of A Football Field, 20/22 Nq, Manchester, UK

    2012

    Videoholica, Archeological Museum, Varna, Bulgaria

    Party Time Returns!, Antwerp Mansion, Manchester, UK

    2011

    Party Time, Antwerp Mansion, Manchester, UK

    Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK

    'poolside emergency, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK

    Non-Permanent, Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK

    2010

    Mixed 10, See Gallery, Crawshawbooth, UK

    Non-Permanent, Stellwerk, Kassel, Germany

    In The Round, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle, UK

    In The Round, Piccadilly Place, Manchester, UK

     

    Performance

    2017

    Truth Immaterial: An introduction to Alchemy; the history, methodology and practice of 'The Great Work', Solve et Coagula, Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

    2016

    Let the light in: An introduction to Sirius Returns, its key ideas and KH's path to spiritual awakening, Crypt Residency, The Crypt Gallery, London, UK

    Let the light in: An introduction to Sirius Returns, its key ideas and KH's path to spiritual awakening, These Thoughts Form Between Us, NN Contemporary Art Project Space, Northampton, UK

    2015

    S'oddsanctum, Laines Open Day, Laines Farm, Cuckfield, UK

    Echoes, Just Because, Mini Mart, London, UK

    Fool's Game, Haphazard, Z-Arts, Manchester, UK

    2014

    Bonehead, A Platform, Hackney Wicked, London, UK

    What Remains, Sankofa! Festival, Queen Mary University, London, UK

    Beyond a Joke, Spontaneous Combustion Festival, Arebyte, London, UK

    Prank, Fringe Arts Bath, Bath, UK

    2013

    The Judgment, Ceri Hand Gallery Summer Fete, Ceri Hand Gallery, London, UK

    Spectre, Spike Open 2013, Spike Island, Bristol, UK

    Bucket Dance, Haphazard, Z-Arts, Manchester, UK

    Pratfall, M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, National Museum Of Singapore, Singapore

    2012

    Welcome, Compass, Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding, UK

    Stand For Something, Future Now, Hotspur House, Manchester, UK

    2011

    Krapp Slapstick, Manchester Art Crawl, Manchester, UK

     

     

    Screenings

    2014

    GNARL Fest, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln, UK

    2013

    Axisweb Screening, The Art Party Conference, The Spa, Scarborough, UK

    2012

    S1 Salon, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK

     

    Awards

    2015

    Selected for Testing Ground: Masterclass, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

    2011

    Prizewinner, Exeter Contemporary Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK

     

    Qualifications

    2011

    BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1st Class, Manchester Metropolitan University