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Water Way: The Paintings of Fredericka Foster

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By Alison Rooney

(BIRE), is home, through October 5, to Water Way, a solo exhibition of Fredericka Foster’s oil paintings of water.

Foster, widely exhibited and collected, has had five recent solo exhibitions — with many of these paintings included — at New York City’s Fischbach Gallery. In Water Way, Foster, as explained in program notes, “explores waters from the powerful, dramatic fjords of Norway to the urban, industrialized Hudson River, to discover the complex interaction of color, light and energy intrinsic to earth’s most essential element.

Always moving water, using oils, she applies layers of complex colors to canvas, creating a visual vibrancy that embodies her deep connection with water, evoking its urgent challenges.” On Saturday, April 12, Foster will share thoughts on the creative process behind her exhibition in a 5 p.m. talk, accompanied by musical guests MotherLode Trio and Red, in a “celebration of inspiration.” Read More

ARTnews review of WATERWAY

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by Stephanie Strasnick

Bird’s-eye views of local and international waterways were the subject of these eight oil paintings by Fredericka Foster. Ranging from calming images of swaying river tides to misty; rushing falls, the pieces evoked water’s dynamism as well as its tranquility.

The effects of light informed many of the works. In Lake Union (2013), one of the most eye catching pieces in the show, the sun’s ochre and tawny-yellow reflections glinting off choppy, blue-gray waves cause the water to appear ethereal and dreamlike. And in The Golden Hour (2012), rippling, light-blue water melds with pale-gold reflections, recalling the color palette of Monet’s “Water Lilies” paintings. A similar effect is achieved in Fjord III (2013), in which shades of green and aquamarine are woven together with crystal blue.

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Creative Process: Artist Dialogue with Fredericka Foster

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Renowned artist Fredericka Foster will share thoughts on the creative process behind her exhibiton Saturday, April 12 at 5 pm — a Beacon Second Saturday — at Beacon Institute’s Gallery at 199 Main Street. As music plays a key role in her experience while painting, Foster will be joined by musical guests Motherlode Trio and Red will both be playing for a special celebration of inspiration.

In Water Way*, Foster explores waters from the powerful, dramatic fjords of Norway to the urban, industrialized Hudson River, to discover the complex interaction of color, light and energy intrinsic to earth’s most essential element. Always moving water, using oils, she applies layers of complex colors to canvas, creating a visual vibrancy that embodies her deep connection with water, evoking its urgent challenges.

Watch a Motherlode Trio Video  –  Visit the Beacon Institute Website

Guest artists: “The Value of Water” at St. John the Divine

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by Diana Rico

In a beautiful convergence of holiness, water and artistic endeavor, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine on the Upper West Side of Manhattan has just opened a new exhibition called “The Value of Water: Sustaining a Green Planet.” Curated by Fredericka Foster, a painter and photographer whose own “Waterway” series has depicted complex moving water systems, this wide-ranging show includes paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, videos and installations by 41 artists ranging from Mark Rothko and Kiki Smith to Bill Viola, Jenny Holzer and William Kentridge. In an interview on the cathedral’s website, Foster explained some of her curatorial rationale:

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Cathedral explores current issues through art

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By Hannah SotnickColumbia Daily Spectator

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Ave., at 112th Street) proves to be not merely a house of religious worship but also a ground for dialogue about current global issues. For several years, the cathedral has worked to spark thought and conversation concerning the ecological water crisis. Its current art exhibition, “The Value of Water, Sustaining a Green Planet” continues this trend, and is supplemented by many events designed to engage the community.

The exhibition, which will be on display until March 25, 2012, features the work of 41 visual artists, including renowned figures such as Mark Rothko and Jenny Holzer. The body of work encompasses many mediums and styles but has an underlying common factor. As stated in the cathedral’s fall newsletter, the artists “have created wondrous art that speaks to us about water, about our society—national and global—and about the imagination.”

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The Value of Water – World Policy Blog

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By Dovilas Bukauskas – World Policy Blog

People have migrated, murdered, and made laws over water for as long as humans have existed. The Code of Hammurabi, one of the oldest codified laws in human civilization, says, “If any one open his ditches to water his crop, but is careless, and the water flood the field of his neighbor, then he shall pay his neighbor corn for his loss.” Today, the World Health Organization reports that one in three people on every continent are affected by water scarcity. A list compiled by the Pacific Institute counts 69 water-related conflicts from 2000-2010. Whether it fosters peace or incites conflict, water is undeniably a pivotal force in global human relationships. With climate change, a growing population, and the rapid industrialization of the developing world, ensuring the availability for water is becoming an increasingly difficult—and important—task.

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, in uptown Manhattan, will be displaying works of over 40 artists whose works encourage viewers to meditate on water scarcity. Visitors are invited to “The Value of Water” to “strengthen [their] awareness of water, and to prompt [their] imaginations in the contemplation of water, from wells and underground springs to surging seas and mighty rivers.”

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Manhattan Cathedral Examines “The Value of Water” in a New Star-Studded Art Exhibition

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by Inhabitat New York City

Water is essential to human life. It has also been at the center of many of the world’s conflicts — disaster, drought, ownership and commodification. The six month exhibition serves as a reminder of social and civic service to better the planet. Reverend Dr. James Kowalski, Dean of the Cathedral says, “There’s nothing new about artistic engagement with water; what’s new is that we have reached a planet-wide crisis point in the availability of fresh water.”

One must see is Kiki Smith’s Ten Elements of Dewbow. The teardrop shaped glass pieces represent dewbows, a rainbow formed in a sphere shaped droplet of dew that usually disintegrates when touched. It is a comment on the fragility of our relationship with water and how carelessly we handle it.

In contrast, Nobuho Nagasawa‘s Bodywaves, a rocking chair covered in optical fabric channels our dependence on water. A recorded video of ocean waves plays upon a chair that senses human heat once it is sat upon and glows brighter with the interaction.

Perhaps the most striking piece from the exhibition is Winn Rea’s Fountain. Consisting of hundreds of sliced recycled water bottles, the spiraled pieces hang upside down like a cascading waterfall. The piece is both breathtakingly beautiful and painfully tragic as it reflects our incredible amount of waste production.

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Manhattan Cathedral Explores Water in Art

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by Hrag VartanianHyperallergic

If you’re near Columbia University, there’s an art show that sounds worthwhile exploring and it’s devoted to water, The Value of Water. Sure, there’s nothing more universal than water, it is the substance that sustains life on Earth. It is one of the roots of environmentalism and for years we’ve been told that it has and will be the basis on wars as resources on the planet struggle to accommodate a growing population that demands more and more.

The Cathedral of St. John, which has long had an established art program, is tackling the topic of H2O in their current art show that features some major artists, including Jenny Holzer, William Kentridge, Robert Longo and Mark Rothko, alongside lesser known talents. The works are presented in the bays of the nave, in various chapels, and along the walls of the Great Crossing.

We posed a few questions to Margaret Diehl at the St John the Divine about the work, including why Rothko was included in an exhibition about water.

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10 Must-See Artists at “The Value of Water,” a Conversationist Art Show in New York

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The space is one reason The Value of Water, a massive conservationist art show, is so spectacular. Saint John the Divine is full of turrets and nooks, mini-chapels and throughways, each of which houses a small collection of paintings, sculptures, videos, or installations. It’s easy to get lost even with a map, but turning a wrong corner and seeing a new artwork is a pleasurable feeling, and the way the space and the water-themed pieces work in tandem is a great case for alternative gallery spaces. The vastness of the cathedral and the representations of water form a communique—the hugeness of the space lends to the feeling of water’s power and immeasurability.

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