Construct LB 2
In 1979, Kasten started using her Polaroid camera to create instantly-gratifying images of boxes and window-screenings, materials she had used in her earlier camera-less works. She titled these Polaroid photographs Constructs, making dozens of images and compositions through the late 1980s. Kasten’s work is concerned with the interplay of light, color and geometry. Many of the components are staged in positions that rely on gravity to hold them together, lending them a sense of fragility and mystery. Kasten moves in and around these constructions to arrange each tableau, carefully staging each work and controlling the light to create a theatrical space. Construct LB-2 is version 7 of 10 unique photographs taken of the same set design Kasten created.
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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.
Sharjah, Saudi Arabia, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Biennal 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber, 2019
New York, Chart Gallery, Abstraction in Photography; Zabriskie Gallery 1989, 2019