Kaleidoscope and Bar Neon
3Arena, Dublin - 2014
Bompas and Parr approached Foster to create two video art installations for their new bar designs at the 3Arena in Dublin. The Bar Neon film (shown) depicts a tunnel of futuristic architecture while the work for the Kaleidoscope bar takes the form of an ever evolving spiral skyscape. Find out more by clicking here.
NOW Later - Doug Foster
NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula, London - 2014
Breather appeared outside the recently opened NOW Gallery, next door to the O2 Arena, for one evening in October. It was part of the monthly programme run by NOW with help from South London Art Map and Ravensbourne College.
Shangri-La at the Glastonbury Festival
Worthy Farm, Glastonbury - 2014
The Psychotron was the centrepiece to Shangri-Heaven at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival. Mesmerising its chilled out audience in 'an escapist's paradise of hedonistic loveliness', the work filled a nine metre wide circular screen that hung from the ceiling of the twenty metre wide Heavenly Dome.
Out Of Our Heads
Shoreditch Town Hall, London - 2014
A distorted version of MOONLAND appeared on the ceiling of a shabby locker room, strewn with sun loungers, in the atmospheric basement maze under Shoreditch Town Hall as part of an exhibition on the theme of hallucination. Twenty-four artists and eight scientists participated in the eye-opening show curated by James Putnam and Vassiliki Tzanakou.
No Beginning, No End
Royal Festival Hall, London - 2014
Doug Foster took over the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall with a fourteen metre wide screen showing five cyclical artworks. Single cycles from MOONLAND, Islands of the Blessed, Dark Place, Twisted Crystals and The Heretics' Gate played in rotation as a half hour loop. The ten day show was part of James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival at the Southbank Centre.
Royal Festival Hall, London - 2014
Foster created six large scale visuals for UNKLE's live concert that kicked off James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival on June 13th.
The show featured guest singers, a rock band, a DJ, a choir, an orchestra and the huge pipe organ built into the Royal Festival Hall.
180 The Strand, London - 2013
Lazarides' annual off-site show found a new home in the gutted remains of the extensive, concrete basements under a brutalist office block in The Strand. Foster responded to this bunker-like space with a fourteen metre, ultra-widescreen, digital film installation called MOONLAND.
The film was inspired by the subtle and not so subtle influences that the Moon's rhythms have on us and our world.
The Old Vic Tunnels, Waterloo, London - 2012
For the last time, Lazarides took over the asylum to stage Bedlam in The Old Vic Tunnels. Foster had three installations in the show this year, one of which was in collaboration with a Bulgarian neuroscientist! Another new work, The Psychotron (above) seemed to engage the public's imagination by providing them with a recumbent, meditative visual experience.
You can see a short film about the show by clicking here.
Secret Cinema presents Prometheus
Secret Location near Euston, London - 2012
Chimera and Frozen were featured as part of Secret Cinema's large scale, interactive presentation of Ridley Scott's Prometheus which was staged throughout June. The installations were designed to be discovered in the sinister gloom of an alien pyramid and the hidden depths of the space ship respectively. You can see some images of the event here.
Daydreaming With... The Hong Kong Edition
Artistree, Taikoo Place, Hong Kong - 2012
Daydreaming With... partnered with the Hong Kong based arts organisation Future Industries to present Daydreaming with… The Hong Kong Edition, co-curated by James Lavelle and Hong Kong artist Simon Birch. The Heretics' Gate took centre stage at the show, which ran from May until June on the vast, double height ground floor of a modern skyscraper.
The Old Vic Tunnels, Waterloo, London - 2011
For the second year running Lazarides took over The Old Vic Tunnels to curate a labyrinth of installations, this time based on the myth of the Minotaur. Foster's contribution, Chimera, was a large scale digital projection featuring ever mutating symmetrical forms inspired by the genetic soup in which we all swim.
Toured internationally - 2011 & 2012
Foster's first collaboration with James Lavelle led to him creating all the imagery for UNKLE's audio-visual DJ experience, UNKLE Sounds. Many specially made films and some existing works were displayed on a six metre tall arched LED screen for the ninety minute show. You can see a short clip of the show by clicking here.
Daydreaming With... St Michael's
St Michael's Church, Camden, London - 2011
The second Daydreaming with... exhibition, curated by James Lavelle, featured works by Foster and Jonathan Glazer. The Heretics' Gate dominated the Neo-Gothic nave of St Michael's Church in Camden. The twenty foot high arched screen and thirty foot long reflecting pool echoed and mirrored the soaring stone architecture.
In the Naughty Chair
Lazarides, Rathbone Place, London - 2011
For his first solo exhibition with Lazarides, Foster showcased a selection of his most celebrated works alongside his newest digital film installation, Brainwasher. The gallery's two floors were transformed into a stark, clinical setting for the artist's stereoscopic and high-definition screen works.
Hell's Half Acre
The Old Vic Tunnels, Waterloo, London - 2010
The Heretics' Gate was created for this exhibition on the theme of Dante's Inferno, devised by Lazarides gallery. The high-definition digital projection filled one of the crumbling brick arches in The Old Vic Tunnels with an ectoplasmic rendition of the Heretics' circle of hell. The spectacle was reflected perfectly by a large pool of water that flooded two vaults. The ethereal symmetry conjured up visions of demons and human anatomy that seemed to mesmerise the audience.
Arranged around the tunnels were works by Antony Micallef, Polly Morgan, Paul Insect, Zak Ové, Jonathan Yeo, Vhils, Conor Harrington, Mark Jenkins and many more.
The White Tie & Tiara Ball
Woodside, Windsor - 2009
Breather appeared for one night only at Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Ball, his annual Fund Raising Event for the Elton John Aids Foundation. It stood under a weeping willow on the Roman Terrace at Elton’s Windsor home. The theme of that year’s event was Contemporary Art and it coincided with the opening of a new art gallery at Woodside.
The Old Vic Tunnels, Waterloo, London - 2009
Breather and Frozen were chosen to be part of this large scale combination of installation art and interactive theatre, devised by The Old Vic and Punchdrunk.
The show was inspired by Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, his ground breaking 1927 film that depicts a future city inhabited by affluent rulers who live in luxurious skyscrapers and poor, repressed workers, who spend their whole lives underground.
FAS Contemporary, New Bond Street, London - 2008
Foster’s first solo show at a London gallery included Breather, BOB, Frozen, Freezer and four stereoscopic portraits from the Mirror in the Bathroom series.
Works from the David Roberts Collection
The David Roberts Foundation, London - 2007
Breather, BOB and Frozen were exhibited at the first show by The David Roberts Foundation at its newly opened space in Great Titchfield Street.
Also on show were works by Antoney Gormley, Anselm Kiefer, Gerry Judah, Hyungkoo Lee and the Boyle Family.
Breather @ The Mill
The Mill, Great Marlborough Street, London - 2006
This was the first showing of Breather. It was displayed in the reception area of The Mill, one of the largest post-production companies in Europe.
Preview versions of BOB and Islands of the Blessed were shown on the opening night. Breather ran for three weeks.
Daydreaming With... Stanley Kubrick
Somerset House, London - 2016
Foster is one of fifty-five artists who created artworks inspired by the films of Stanley Kubrick for this exhibition, curated by James Lavelle and James Putnam. Beyond the Infinite is a widescreen tunnel of textured light, that pays homage to the famous 'stargate' sequence in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Find out more about the show here.
Still Here, A Decade of Lazarides
Lazarides Rathbone, London - 2016
Lazarides staged a group show over three floors at its Rathbone Place gallery to celebrate its ten year anniversary. Forty-two Lazarides artists provided works for the exhibition. Foster created a ultra high defintion projection called Fortuna's Wheel that could only be viewed through three holes in a wall.
Silverlining 30th Anniversary
National Portrait Gallery, London - 2016
Foster was approached by Big Guns to create a graceful widescreen projection centrepiece for a thirtieth anniversary party held for luxury furniture maker Silverlining at the National Portrait Gallery. The work featured some of the exquisitely crafted materials that can only be found in palaces, ultra-high-end residences and megayachts.
Daydreaming With... UNKLE Presents... THE ROAD: SOHO
Lazarides Rathbone, London - 2017
James Lavelle took over Lazarides Rathbone to celebrate 25 years of UNKLE with art and video works from regular collaborators: Doug Foster, Futura, John Isaacs, Nathan Coley, 3D, Ben Drury, Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, as well as many others.