Wassaic, NY, United States
About Joel Foster
Joel Foster’s work is all the more remarkable because he is legally blind. He has learned to work with tactility using the manipulations of masking tape along with infinite patience to achieve each line. His method comes out of his insistence on process and the results are sharp and spontaneous in feel. With an emphasis on abstract principles, Foster’s core imagery– stairs, ladders, road markings, doors and wheels-- draws on architectural shapes that dissect and present the man-made world. The apparent ease of the lines appear as though done by a child, belying the actual sophistication of the image. The work is definite and crisp. Our knowing more about the artist’s work process adds to our understanding. Having become legally blind in 2008 with a genetic condition called Stargardt’s Disease that blocks all central vision, Foster now works with new methods to overcome his handicap. Bio: Joel Foster attended SUNY Purchase and studied under Tal Streeter and Murray Zimilies. He worked for many years printing intaglio series for other artists and fabricating large metal sculptures for public spaces, as well as working in the painting and decorating business. He has been exhibited at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, the New York State Museum in Albany, a pop-up show on Access Disability in Soho in connection with the Museum of Modern Art and at the RE Institute in Millerton, New York. He is a member of the Blind Artists Society.