Barbara Kasten, ‘Inside/Outside: Stages of Light’, 1985, Chicago Architecture Biennial

Still from video documentation of performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY. Choreography: Margaret Jenkins; dancers/collaborators: Melissa Rolnick, Mercy Sidbury, Livia Blankman, Ellie Klopp, Bryan Chalfant, and Greg Gibble; costumes and set design: Barbara Kasten; lighting: Sara Linnie Slocum with Barbara Kasten; sound score and design: Bill Fontana; videography: Mark Robison.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artists.

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

Sprengel Museum Hannover, 
Hannover, Germany,
Small History(s) of Photography (#1)
London, UK,
In to the Light: Photography and Abstract Art
Sammlung Goetz, 
Munich, Germany,
Generations: Female Artists in Dialogue, Part 1
Museum für Kunst und Kultur, 
Münster, Germany,
Bauhaus and America
New York,
Polaroids: The Disappearing
Cristin Tierney, 
New York,
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