We’re excited to introduce the first of our art series exhibition. We’d like to invite you to our Chelsea showroom from 5-8pm Friday, February 18th, 2016. With our first artist, Seth Foss. Enjoy a glass of wine in our Chelsea showroom and chat with the artist. To top it all off, 10% of the sales made on opening night will be donated to Tyler Clementi Foundation and Live Out Loud.
The exhibition will run from February 19 to March 28. Different artists will be featured every six weeks.
Seth Foss is a multi-layered artist born and raised in small town Wisconsin and currently residing in NYC. His education consists of Fine Art, Fashion Design and Makeup Design obtained from both London College of Fashion and the University of Wisconsin. His current work plays with the emotional duality between nature and modern civilization.
Seth’s current series, Jardin, is a series of parks and green spaces throughout the world exploring the duality between nature and ‘modern civilization’. “We as humans feel the need for control, we Attempt to control our world around us. We build cities to call us ‘civilized’ and build parks in them (man-made representations of nature) as a way to escape our created surroundings. In the end, we should realize there is no control over what is natural and that nature will always win the battles we create. That of which is created can not be sustained without another artificial constraint, buildings will crumble, plants will die and even our very existence will be subject to the laws of nature.”
F&S: What are you currently working on, or what are you currently obsessed with?
Seth: I'm currently working on 4 projects (one of with you see on view now at France and Son). They all revolve a common theme of our importance of our connection with nature and the disturbances, created by man, in this connection. I'm very disappointed with the human race in general and my work is a reflection on the principles that bring about the disappointment. On a lighter note...I'm currently obsessed with flamingos, which you will see more of in the coming future should you continue to follow my work.
F&S: Tell us a bit about the process of making your work.
Seth: All of the work in the 'Jardin' series were from images of my own travels and reflections of the feelings I had captured at that moment. On canvas I typically use up to 150 layers. I never force my work and keep it emotional, expressive and reactive. I may be really inspired by a painting, but that doesn't mean I have any inspiration for execution. For example, the painting "Washington Square Park" sat on the floor unfinished and untouched for over 6 months. I even considered starting it over until one morning I woke up and knew the answer! I finished it off in 45 mins.
F&S: You also have a fashion and make up design background, does this feed into your work at all?
Seth: I think the biggest thing I have taking from it is concept, concept concept! I think the most important thing before doing anything is knowing 'why', not even how, but why. If we don't understand, how can we expect anyone else. This is a struggle I find in our modern society. We seem to think that visual impact is enough, how many likes we get. As artists, we have a voice. We are a reflection of our times and what we create can have a real value and impact. I think we can all agree the last thing we all need now is more material novelty.
F&S: How do you keep your creative spark/What keeps you fascinated?
Seth: I watch way too many documentaries and they get me really wound up sometimes! I love social topics and nature shows. Nature fascinates me more than anything, the way it works, how it's self sustained and supports itself.
F&S: What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
Seth: Find your voice, if your art doesn't mean anything to you and you can't explain it to others...then it means nothing to everyone else too. Don't be scared, the only things that aren't possible are the ones you make impossible. If you need to change your lifestyle, job, etc in order to do your craft then do it. Meet as many people as possible, these people are your critical thinkers. They either will believe in you or they will not. It will propel you forward. And in the end they might be the ones to buy your work and spread your voice.
F&S: Was there an artist you admired when you were young that inspired you to be an artist yourself?
Seth:Yes I really love/d Duchamp for his concept and rebellion, Richter for his landscape-like movement, Rothko for consuming a room with emotion and Abramović for her conceptual voice.