fragile tension

On Friday, March 8th, 2024, a new series of paintings by Naperville artists Jaime and Michael Foster will debut at Water Street Studios in Batavia. The name of this two-person show is Fragile Tension. Their work has been shown in galleries throughout the US and internationally.

As the days grow darker and history roars back with a vengeance, we ask ourselves… can we stay positive against overwhelming odds? How can we feel hope when it appears all hope is lost? The selected works by Jaime and Michael will represent the fragile relationship humankind has with the natural world and the tension we endure when that relationship is off-balance.

Organically abstract, Jaime’s work simultaneously resembles vast glacial landscapes and intricate microscopic patterns. She is fascinated by our relationship with nature and our environment, both positively and negatively, and how this affects society on an emotional level.

Much of Michael’s work involves coming to terms with the abundance of technology-driven information overload we casually experience in modern-day society. He creates post-modern works visually representing data in its raw form, existing within multiple theoretical spacetime dimensions.

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Michael’s work continues the visual analogy of civilization coping with Moore’s Law through the lens of the subconscious. Distorted handwritten notes and encrypted keyword ciphers are interwoven throughout mysterious structures and various abstractions, including comic illustrations and other non-specific futuristic forms.

The result is a data landscape of today’s anxious subconscious mind, presenting how we remember life events and interpret the kinetic surfaces and essences of the environment and emotions that we are sometimes reluctantly embedded within. And they look great on your wall.