Arron Foster, “Haints & Specters”: June 7 – July 20 in Main Gallery

June 7 – July 20

Gallery Reception: Friday, June 7, 6-9 pm

Artist Talk: Friday, July 5 at 7 pm

In Haints & Specters, artist Arron L. Foster models the cultivation of a meaningful relationship to place through his own engagement with local environs. Foster created this body of work in situ as a response to the timeless cycles of devastation and recovery that occur throughout Northeast Ohio’s postindustrial landscape. Through the act of close looking and the experience of capturing a piece of the landscape in perpetuity through printmaking, photography and installation, Foster engages with the unique qualities of this Ohio landscape while creating images that also illustrate the overarching phenomena of ecological balance that characterizes nature.

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Arron Foster maintains an interdisciplinary creative research practice rooted in the production of artists’ books, prints, photographs, drawings, animations and installations. Intrigued by how the physical landscape is transformed into a cognitive one and how personal and public spaces intersect in the stories we tell about them, his work centers on what geographer John K. Wright described as experiential watchfulness, which involves seeing, documenting, and discussing specific places to stimulate local awareness, activism, and care. Foster habitually mines both media and process for concept and form and considers how the tools and techniques of his discipline can add to or mediate the meaning of his work. By exploring an expanded definition of print media, which intentionally questions the intersections between print, film, photography, and digital media, he strives to create works of art that center hybridity, underscore the inherent tension between image and object and confront the histories inherent to both printmaking and photography.

Foster received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and Art Education from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking and Book Arts from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. His prints and installations have been in notable exhibitions at respected national and international galleries, museums, and art centers. He has mounted solo exhibitions at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon, The Dayton Society of the Arts in Dayton, Ohio, The Akron Soul Train Gallery in Akron, Ohio, and Hiram University in Hiram, Ohio. He has also participated in the International Youth Printmaking Invitational Exhibition in Changsha, China, and the 11th Douro Biennial in Douro, Portugal. Foster has received competitive grants from the Ohio Arts Council, Kent State University, the University of Georgia, and the Southern Graphics Council International. Foster is an Assistant Professor of Art at Kent State University at Stark in North Canton, Ohio.

Haints & Specters will be open through July 20 during regular gallery hours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12pm-4pm, and by appointment on weekdays. To request an appointment, email or call 216.692.9500.

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