Temporary Landscapes/ Permanent Clouds

Ryan Foster's avatar Ryan Foster

These six oil paintings are part of an ongoing and open ended series. Each canvas is 5x6 feet and they are meant to be viewed together with each painting acting as a chapter within a book. In place of a background there are various curtains. These curtains help to turn the landscapes into stages or platforms. Viewing the space as a stage allows the artist a great deal of freedom to insert all sorts of various narratives into the paintings while keeping them unified and open-ended. With so much happening everyday, the content of this body of work has been left uncommitted to any particular theme. Once the idea of a stage has been established almost anything could be inserted into the scene and the paintings can get more complex, similar to a developing storyline. A black trash bag becomes 1. "Night (Frowning Landscape)". A white lace table cloth becomes a snow scene in 2. "Frozen Light (Frowning Landscape)". The blue satin fabric resembles an overcast atmosphere and turns into 3. "Overcast (Smiling Landscape)". A colorful quilt which resembles a sunset becomes 4. "Sunset Collision w/ Contemporary Art (Smiling Landscape)". Even a wall of people can become a type of curtain in 5. "Flesh Curtain (Smiling Landscape)". And finally, a landfill becomes 6. "Metal Curtain". The "smiles" and "frowns" in the titles refer to the horizon line which has been anthropomorphized. The valleys become "smiles" and the hills become "frowns". A curtain hides what is behind it. In this sense the true subject of this narrative is a mystery. Similar to a theater stage, there is a feeling of anticipation or even a looming anxiety where something is about to happen. This contemporary feeling, expressed within each painting and as a whole, is meant to elicit the question, "what is behind the curtain?" For detailed images and more info visit http://jamesryanfoster.wix.com/ryanfoster or richardhellergallery.com

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Width: 36 feet
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 5 feet