For Solve et Coagula, Foster brought together new works, developed whilst on residency at Gamli Skóli, Hrísey, Iceland in September 2016, that explored the history and practice of alchemy. The project continued his on going interest into spirituality, esotericism and different modes of perceiving reality often deemed unsubstantiated by Western academic thought. Acting as fragments or clues, the works ruminated on the way in which abstract knowledge is collected, ordered and decoded.
At the exhibition preview he presented Truth Immaterial, a new performance lecture that collated found imagery and vector diagrams to deliver an introduction to alchemical practice and potentially provide further insight into the objects and materials on show.
Robert Foster is an artist based in Cambridge, UK. He was born in Wegberg, Germany and studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, earning his bachelors in Fine Art in 2011. From 2012 – 2014 he lived and worked in Bristol and was a studio holder at Spike Island.
Recent solo exhibitions include Horizon, Roaming Room, London, UK (2016), Truth Immaterial, Crypt Gallery, London, UK (2016) and These Thoughts Form Between Us, NN Contemporary Art Project Space, Northampton, UK (2016).