Lloyd Foster “Double Double”

Anton Kern Gallery

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Anton Kern Gallery presents Double Double, Lloyd Foster’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Lloyd Foster (b. 1990, lives and works in New York) is the son of Ghanaian immigrants and grew up in Maryland. While he and his family were part of an extended Ghanaian American community in the Washington D.C. area, a major turning point in his life occurred on his first trip to his parents’ homeland at age 24. Since then, and through repeated travels over the past decade in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania, the artist’s connection to his African heritage has deepened, and his exploration of self continues to evolve.

Foster engages with a myriad of materials, including paint, insulation foam, sapor sponges, fabrics, netting, and much more, but photography is at the center of his practice. During his travels, the artist takes photos of people engaged in their daily activities, of vehicles, signs and buildings, and food and beauty products he sees in local shops. Certain photos are straight documentation, and others are posed. Foster’s attention gravitates towards sights, sounds, and smells that reminds him of his childhood. After returning home from his travels and reflecting on his photos, the artist follows an intuitive process by which he transforms memories into physical forms. In this way, he uses photography as a means to mine his personal biography, preserve memories and create new connections.

Foster presents three framed photographs, a group of drawings, and a constellation of mixed media sculptures largely relating to his latest travels in Accra and Swedru in January. Foster arranges the works throughout the gallery in such a way as to suggest a public street scene. On the one hand, his sculptural works are physically rough and relate to the material world; motorcycles, cars, palm trees, packaged food products, and young people styling each other’s hair populate the space. On the other hand, there is a spiritual quality to the works, which is underscored by their weightless presentation. Church scenes, street preachers, praying hands, children in angel masquerade costumes add to this impression. Angels have been a recurring motif in Foster’s work, as are flame shapes, which the artist uses to represent energy.



from March 09, 2023 to April 15, 2023

Opening Reception on 2023-03-09 from 18:00 to 20:00


Lloyd Foster

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