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 REVERSE ENGINEER    Lindsay Packer                               STAIRS REVISITED   Joel Foster   

April 25th to May 30th

Opening April 25th
4pm to 7pm


REVERSE ENGINEER  upstairs, installations and videos by Lindsay Packer    Click here to see the show.

STAIRS REVISITED  first floor,  a series of paintings on paper by Joel Foster  Click here to see the show.


The Re Institute is excited to begin the 2015 season with two shows: REVERSE ENGINEER and STAIRS REVISITED.    Both shows explore light and the way we see.  Lindsay Packer examines the way we see through the most basic element: light.  Joel Foster deals with perception through his imposed position as an artist with limited sight. 


Lindsay Packer:    REVERSE ENGINEER


Lindsay Packer

Lindsay Packer


Square Dance

(image from video)

Lindsay Packer’s working process is improvisatory and site-responsive, leading to both light-based installations and video work. The luminous images she creates result from precise alignment of physical materials, architecture and light. In low-tech installations, she coaxes cinematic vignettes from ordinary objects, drawing attention to ephemeral compositions of color, form and movement. In video projects, she uses color and light to reveal patterns and relationships embedded in everyday experience. Her light-based visual investigations are analog flashes of narrative made to illuminate the silent, still objects around us: they are the 'home movies' and bright stories inherent in the ordinary things we pass by.


The recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to India in Installation Art, Packer has twice been artist in residence at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. As a 2014 resident at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, she created a large-scale, interactive light installation, Prism Palace, now in the museum’s permanent collection. Packer received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


Lindsay has previously shown here at The Re Institute: Specific Gravity (2012) and Immaterial (2013).  She has also participated in the Wassaic Project's 2012 and 2013 summer shows. 








Joel Foster

Joel Foster


Stairway #1




Joel Foster Statement


“A man's gotta  know his limitations.” --Harry Callahan


"I subscribe to the theory that less is more and to that end apply a few self-imposed restrictions on my work.


"My palette is limited by whatever comes my way plus black and white. I limit my images and work in series. I usually focus on a single repetitive image (in this case stairs) for the length of the entire series. The side view of stairs was an early memory that I drew as a child. The stairs may be a metaphor for the challenges of navigating through the world.


"Losing all but peripheral vision has limited what I can do. The repetition of simple images and colors, which are self-imposed limitations, can be very liberating."


Joel Foster has exhibited widely with the Blind Artists Society, a web-based community of artists with visual impairment. His work has been exhibited at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, at the Albany Institute of History and Art, at the Strand Arts Center in Plattsburgh and at the Bausch + Lomb in Rochester. In 2014 he was the sole artist invited to be part of an exhibit connected with MoMa featuring a new design for the handicapped access symbol at the Ludlow Studios in SoHo. He was a 2013 recipient of the Art In Trust grant from the Berkshire Taconic Commuity Foundation. Joel has exhibited twice at the Wassaic Project and currently lives and works in Wassaic, NY.