FOSTER & BEREAN

PAT FOSTER & JEN BEREAN: THE APPROACH

  
Our work tangentially invites a historical re-reading of the politics of modernism.
 
Our work responds directly to the spatial condition – to the descending staircase into a sub-ground exhibition space and to the threshold between the old galleries and the new. It focuses on notions of verticality and horizontality, and operates on both axes. The form of the sculpture will appear unfinished; like an abandoned structure it signals an aborted attempt to usurp the psychological and physical structures that designate space.
 
The Gallery’s Rietveld chair conjures a specific historical reference, that of De Stijl and its ideology of socialism and utopianism. The use of this chair to fill in a missing panel within the structure shifts the chair’s prescribed function, at once underlining its existence as functional object through its incorporation within a sculptural form and inscribing an alternate function as a type of stopgap in the surface. Our work tangentially invites an historical re-reading of the politics of modernism.

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Foster & Berean The doing and undoing of it all (detail), 2009

  Foster & Berean Can’t stand up, for falling down, 2010

Foster & Berean Can’t stand up, for falling down, 2010

Foster & Berean Unwavering support (for the last time, resolutely), 2010

PAT FOSTER & JEN BEREAN 
The doing and undoing of it all (detail), 2009
safety glass, aluminium
photography: Christian Capurro
Courtesy of the artists and Murray White Room, Melbourne
PAT FOSTER & JEN BEREAN
Can’t stand up, for falling down, 2010
installation view, Murray White Room, Melbourne
photography: Ben Gleezer
Courtesy of the artists and Murray White Room, Melbourne
PAT FOSTER & JEN BEREAN
Can’t stand up, for falling down, 2010
installation view, Murray White Room, Melbourne
photography: Ben Gleezer
Courtesy of the artists and Murray White Room, Melbourne
PAT FOSTER & JEN BEREAN
Unwavering support (for the last time, resolutely), 2010
steel, enamel and glass
dimensions 170 x 130 x 75 cm
Courtesy of the artists and Murray White Room, Melbourne



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