Fredericka Foster

Into the Deep

Stephen Maine

  In her synecdochic paintings of the restless surfaces of rivers, lakes and seas, Fredericka Foster construes water in motion as all that is vital to the living world. Those surfaces—whether turbulent, languid, or something between—recede into pictorial space as the viewer’s eye moves from the bottom edge of the painting toward the top, exerting a dynamic counterpoint to the picture plane itself. But whatever the character of the waves, ripples and eddies that fill the frame, they are...
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Carter Ratcliff - An Aqueous Cosmology: The Art of Fredericka Foster

Carter Ratcliff

Rhythms fill Fredericka Foster’s paintings of water. Or that is what I am tempted to say after a glance around a roomful of her paintings. Then, when I focus on a single canvas and look for its defining pattern, I see none—no equivalent to the strict regularities of a Minimalist grid or an Op Art design. In short, no rigidity. These are pictures of flow, of current and cross-current. Their rhythms are liquid, which is to say: the moment a rhythm begins, it reaches beyond itself. To see...
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Painting water
This  movie shows the steps involved in bringing water to life on the canvas.

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Water Way | The Paintings of Fredericka Foster

March 8 - October 5, 2014 - Beacon Institute Gallery at 199 Main Street - Beacon, NY


Foster explores waters from the powerful, dramatic fjords of Norway to the urban, industrialized Hudson River, to discover the complex interaction of color, light and energy intrinsic to earth’s most essential element in her exhibit, Water Way. Foster brings her continuing series to Beacon Institute having her fifth solo Water Way exhibition at the Fischbach Gallery in New York City in May 2013. Always moving water, using oils, she applies layers of complex colors to canvas, creating a visual vibrancy that embodies her deep connection with water, evoking its urgent challenges.

WATERWAY by Fredericka Foster

A Review by Stefanie Strasnick 

Bird's-eye views of local and international waterways were the subject of these eight oil paintings by Fredericka Foster. Ranging from calming images of swaying river tides to misty; rushing falls, the pieces evoked water's dynamism as well as its tranquility.

The effects of light informed many of the works. In Lake Union (2013), one of the most eye catching pieces in the show, the sun's ochre and tawny-yellow reflections glinting off choppy, blue-gray waves cause the water to appear ethereal and dreamlike. And in The Golden Hour (2012), rippling, light-blue water melds with pale-gold reflections, recalling the color palette of Monet's "Water Lilies" paintings. A similar effect is achieved in Fjord III (2013), in which shades of green and aquamarine are woven together with crystal blue.


2013 Exhibition



China, Tibet, and the strategic power of water


The Tibetan Plateau's vast reserves of glacial freshwater, which supply Asia's most populous regions, are both at risk and are emerging as a issue in the increasingly tense political and cultural strife between China and Tibet, scientists and experts say, according to a new report by Circle of Blue published Thursday.

"At least 500 million people in Asia and 250 million people in China are at risk from declining glacial flows on the Tibetan Plateau," said Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, in an interview with Circle of Blue. "This is one of the great concerns - a staggering number of people will be affected in the near future. There aren't too many researchers who have looked at this water situation and its far-reaching impacts."

Read more at Circle of Blue WaterNews.


Global Water Issues

World Economic Forum Ranks Water Crises as Top Global Risk

Brett Walton - Circle of Blue

More than nuclear weapons or a global disease pandemic, impairments to water supplies and punishing cycles of flood, drought, and water pollution are now viewed by heads of state, nonprofit leaders, and chief executives as the most serious threat to business and society. For the first...
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Along Fouled Ganga, Fresh Resolve to Make India’s Mother River Clean Again

Keith Schneider - Circle of Blue

  Like the Jordan, the Nile, and the Yangtze, the Ganga’s waters sustain India’s religious faith, influence its culture, and mark its history. Millions of Hindu pilgrims gather for prayers along its banks at dawn and dusk, bathe in its filthy water, and cremate the dead in the red flames...
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Launch of New Sensor Device on Hudson Set to “Wire” River for Cleaner Water

Beacon Institute

BEACON, NY (10/9/14)—The REON II device or “Sonde,” deployed October 6th on the banks of the Hudson River in New Hamburg, NY is providing real-time data called for by scientists to better understand the complex relationship between humans, the built environment and our fragile waterways. It...
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