Lynn Charles Foster, a Western alumni (BS1971, MA1979), currently teaches at South Salem High School and works as a studio artist in Salem, Oregon. He also teaches art at Chemeketa Community College. Using found objects he creates whimsical sculptures that take a thought provoking looks at society's cast offs. In the artist statement from his web page, he explains his art.
“For the past three years I have been making ‘something out of nothing.’ ...I look for objects that have interesting shapes and are likely to be thrown away. While going through the piles of plastic in my boxes, I begin to see relationships between objects and I get ideas for sculptures. Sometimes the objects will suggest a specific subject such as an animal or a robot. Other times, I will see a series of shapes that just ‘work’ together, and I assemble them into an abstract sculpture. The final sculpture may have a “Post Funk” theme, or it may simply be an interesting arrangement of shapes and textures."
Foster has placed a collection box for hard plastic donations in the 1st floor main lobby of the library. On Monday, February 18th, he will be creating a totem sculpture from the donated plastic from 8:30am - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 2nd floor gallery