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Ryan Foerster, Universe/Garden, 2018, 12-part suite of unique C-prints, debris, each 14 3⁄4 × 11 3⁄4".

Ryan Foerster

C L E A R I N G | Upper East Side

Ryan Foerster has a penchant for rescuing rejects, courting accidents, and embracing disasters. When Hurricane Sandy flooded the artist’s home in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, ravaging the photographs stored in his basement, he exhibited the buckled, bleeding prints as new works. His recent solo show at C L E A R I N G’s uptown branch delivered similarly resourceful, unabashedly imperfect projects. Among them were twelve pieces made with defective photo paper, nine cast-off aluminum printing plates, and a sculpture composed of flotsam found on the beach: a tangled fishnet, a battered soda-can fragment, a toy raccoon. Foerster’s scavenger tendencies—part of a punk ethos that has characterized his work since he first began making zines as a teenager in Newmarket, Ontario—have earned him well-deserved comparisons to Robert Rauschenberg, who famously sourced materials for his Combines from the

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