Doug Foster: In the Naughty Chair
IN THE Naughty Chair, Doug Foster’s first solo show at Lazarides Gallery, will be on display from January 21 to February 19, 2011.
In the Naughty Chair is also the only digital-art exhibition to date within the gallery’s Fitzrovia space.
A selection of Foster’s most celebrated works will be showcased alongside an exclusive premier of his newest installation from which the exhibition derives its title.
To kick off the 2011 exhibition programme, the interiors of Lazarides’ Georgian townhouse on Rathbone Place will be transformed into a stark, clinical setting for the artist’s stereoscopic and high-definition screen works.
Some of Foster’s installations explore the lengths that people will go to when faced with serious challenges, while others attempt to beguile at a primal level by fabricating perfect symmetry from irregular natural forms. All his works strive to engage the viewer emotionally by attempting to reveal some small insight into the human condition.
Those visiting In the Naughty Chair will be able to interact with the artwork, which will be displayed over two floors of the gallery space.
Part sculpture, part film, the exhibition will revisit Foster’s acclaimed works such as his unnerving take on cryonic preservation Frozen, his stereoscopic study of desperation in a steel-plate box Breather, as well as the ‘domestic scale’ version of his most recent compelling video work and debut collaboration with Lazarides in The Old Vic Tunnels, The Heretics’ Gate.
Continuing his Human Experiments series, Foster’s new installation The Naughty Chair delves deeper into his introspective fascination with the human psyche. Inspired by the mind control programmes run secretly and illegally by the CIA during the Cold War, this sinister steel chair forces its occupant to face the relentless, rippling Brainwasher.
Times: Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm.
Lazarides Rathbone, 11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR
Tel: + 44 (0) 207 636 5443