Using various modes of artmaking (including performance, sculpture, drawing, and net art), Jake Foster reflects on physical and digital spaces of queer sexual intimacy. Central to much of his work, the ongoing project Webcam Aesthetics (2019-present) is a collection containing hundreds of images of webcam studios, spaces where sex workers broadcast live shows on the internet via webcam. Using screenshots as a photographic practice during the model’s momentary absence, the images, videos, and forthcoming photo book archive desire. His work also touches on issues of queer collective health, specifically thinking about themes of barriers and protection in reference to HIV/AIDS and COVID-19.
Jake Foster earned his BA in Art at Rutgers University-Camden in 2017 and will receive a MFA in Studio Art at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2021. Foster’s work has been selected by curators such as Harry Cooper (Head of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Art) and Michael Blackson (Director of Exhibitions, Tyler Contemporary). He has had solo exhibitions at the Noyes Museum of Art at Stockton University and at The Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington, Delaware.