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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About the Artist
Fredericka Foster and her Work
 F R E D E R I C K A   F O S T E R

B.A. in Art, University of Washington  1972
Factory of Visual Arts, 1972-3
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2013    Water Way   Fischbach Gallery, New York April 25-May 25
2009    Waterway,   Fischbach Gallery, New York Oct. 15 – Nov 14
2006    Waterway,   Fischbach Gallery, New York Nov 16-Dec 16
2004    Water Way, Fischbach Gallery, New York Feb 12- March 13
2002    Water Way, Fischbach Gallery, New York March 21-April 20th
1999    From the Ground Up, “Quiet House”, Invitational installation, Duvall, WA, August
1996    Deus/Virus: Transforming the Protease, Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, NJ, April-May    Transforming the HIV Protease, The Norbert Considine Gallery at Stuart Country     Day School, Princeton, NJ, Sept.-Oct.    


2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004  Fischbach Gallery, NYC

2012    Value of Water, Cathedral St. John the Divine, NYC 9-22-11-3-25-12

2008    Written on the Wind, Rubin Museum of Art, NYC, Sept. 07-Feb. 08     Places, Jim Kempner Fine Art, NY, NY May-June 2008

2004    les Fables de la Fontaine, The Meyerhoff Gallery, The Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Jan-Mar     The Flag Project, (String #5) Rubin Museum, NY, NY - ongoing   

2003       Fables: The Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, March-April    Well heeled, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, WA  Oct-Nov

2002    Mind/Body, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lawrenceville, NJ, April:  Kate Somers, Curator    les Fables de la Fontaine,  Temple University Rome, Italy Nov and         Cenre pour L’art et la Culture, Aix-en-provence, France April 12-28

2001    Turtle Times, Studio D’Ars, Milan, Italy, May-July

2000      Painting 2000, Bumberbiennial, Seattle, WA, curator Matthew Kangas, Sept.    Mary Mary,  Seattle Undergound Film Festival, October

1999    Gail Chase and Fredericka Foster Shapiro, SOHO 20, New York, New York, July    The Wedding, The Limelight, New York City, March COLLECTIONS    Artsbridge and the Lambertville Chamber of Commerce Commerce Bancshares Comcast Corporation

Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
General Electric
Merck and Company
Microsoft Corporation
Morgan Stanley

Fredericka Foster

Stephen Maine  “Into the Deep”, Water Way p. 1-3, Fischbach Gallery, NYC

Carter Ratcliff , “ An Aqueous Cosmology: The Art of Fredericka Foster;” Waterway,
p. 1-6, Fischbach Gallery, NYC

Tricycle Magazine, Vol. XIV No. 4 Summer, reproduction of Norwegian Fjord I, p. 128

Elizabeth Neuman, “Fredericka Foster:  Water Way”, NY Arts, April, p. 95
Deloris Tarzan Ament, Iridescent Light; The Emergence of Northwest Art, University of
    Washington Press, P. 8                                                                              

Tricycle Magazine, Vol. IX No. 4 Summer, 2000.  Full page reproduction of painting,     BUDDHA, p. 18
Galen Films/Romano Productions, The Spiritual Journey:  Interfaith Perspectives, several paintings included in the 34 minute video presented to the World Parliment of Religious Leaders by the Auburn Theological Seminary and the Temple of Understanding

Regina Hackett, “Urban artists fill a natural setting with surprises”, Seattle PI,
    August 31, Section D

 Becca Robinson, "What's Upfront", New Age Magazine,  Nov.-Dec., P. 18, artist's     photo by Sean Emmerle

Tammy Paolina,"Fighting AIDS, Death through an Artist's Protean Vision",      Photography by Nicole Buchenholz;  Hunterdon County Democrat,11 April,     What's Up?  cover  and p.3
Wendy Heisler,  "Lending a Healing Hand",The Princeton Packet-Time Off, 5 Apr, P.11      
"Deus/Virus: at Riverrun, an AIDS-Healing Installation", New Hope Gazette, 21 March,      article and photograph P. 18

Digressions on Infection, "le SIDA, theme central de l'exposition d'une artiste     americaine…" Sophiapolis, 15 jan.

Delois Tarzan.  "Big Apple still big in an art career," The Seattle Times, 31 July, Arts     Alive sec. Artist's portrait by Kort Duce


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