12
Sep
11

Barbara Kasten : Studio Constructs (Photographs)

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“The process of capturing an image through a camera lens requires “an object.” This body of work addresses
the representational value of that object. By photographing a transparent plane, and its shadow, familiar
association with life experience is eliminated. The result is a “concrete photographic” abstract image.”[bk]

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Studio Construct 8
Archival pigment print
43.75 x 53.75 in
2007

Studio Construct 51
Archival pigment print
43.75 x 53.75 in
2008

Studio Construct 78
Archival pigment print
43.75 x 53.75 in
2009

Studio Construct 59
Archival pigment print
43.75 x 53.75 in
2008

Studio Construct 69
Archival pigment print
43.75 x 53.75 in
2008

Studio Construct 127
Archival pigment print
53 15/16 x 43 1/2 in
2011

Studio Construct 125
Archival pigment print
53 15/16 x 43 1/2 in
2011

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The occurrence of light hitting a plane is distinctive from the recording of the same light thru the lens of a camera. A unique vision occurs through the optical prism that can be captured and ultimately printed, yet cannot be seen by the naked eye. As I directed light on various parts of transparent planes and studied it in the back of a view camera, multicolored abrasions activating the surface appeared. The scratches become a color field of drawing over a normally invisible sheet of plastic.

The perception of a ‘thing’, a recordable reality of representation, is basic to the photographic process. In the series “Incidence”, the rendering of light becomes abstract interpretation of surface and form. However, I do not think of the photograph’s construction in terms of abstraction but as an event. Many abstract notions are conjured up as we view this unique recording of materiality. The synthesis of abstract form and our imagination presents a means of seeing the process of lighting. This phenomenon is the subject of my new work and exhibit ‘abstracting…light’. Barbara Kasten

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Barbara Kasten : Website

Almine Rech Gallery

Tony Wight Gallery

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