Barbara Kasten, ‘Construct NYC 17’, 1984, Kadel Willborn

About Barbara Kasten

Contemporary photographer Barbara Kasten creates abstract interior environments where the interplay of assembled light, objects, and mirrors forms the illusory subject of her images. Kasten's education in sculpture and painting informs her work; both are mediums she feels are more dominant than photography, which only documents the assemblages that ultimately define her work. Using materials such as glass, mirrors, Plexiglas, and mesh, Kasten constructs large-scale sets that rely on shadow, light, and reflection to transform their interiors into abstract, geometric compositions. The result is a distorted sense of scale and perspective, and a sculptural quality likened to Constructivism. Kasten cites László Maholoy-Nagy, of early Modernist photography and the Bauhaus, along with James Turrrell and Robert Irwin of the Light and Space movement, as defining influences.

American, b. 1936, Chicago, Illinois, based in Chicago, IL, United States

Group Shows

2018
Sprengel Museum Hannover, 
Hannover, Germany,
Small History(s) of Photography (#1)
2018
Sammlung Goetz, 
Munich, Germany,
Generations: Female Artists in Dialogue, Part 1
2018
Tate, 
London, UK,
In to the Light: Photography and Abstract Art
2018
Museum für Kunst und Kultur, 
Münster, Germany,
Bauhaus and America
2016
Kansas Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
Vitreous Humor
2015
Cristin Tierney, 
New York,
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