BARBARA KASTEN

For five decades, Barbara Kasten’s conceptual practice, centered around photography, explores the nature of perception and the interplay of light, color and geometry. Carefully using mirrors and lighting, she manipulates the viewer’s experience of shape, shadow, color, form, depth and scale within her compositions of arranged objects.

BIO

Barbara Kasten was born in 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona in 1959 and MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1970. Her early photographic work focused on flat representations of geometric sculptures she made of metal and glass. Her early minimalist style later developed to encompass complex shapes and colors.


Exhibitions of her work include: the 2020 Busan Biennale: Words at an Exhibition in South Korea; Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art at Tate Modern in London; the Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber at the Sharjah Art Foundation in the UAE; and a retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia that traveled to the Graham Foundation in Chicago and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.


Kasten currently resides and works in Chicago, Illinois.

“My inspiration stems from a love of architecture and a curiosity about the elemental properties that make a structure stable and simultaneously challenge our perspective of reality. I have been photographing objects for forty years, capturing them in a way that simultaneously redefines the space they occupy and abandons reality completely.” — Barbara Kasten