Barbara Kasten

Space as a stage of a changing reality is the central motif of Barbara Kasten’s photographs and film installations. Barbara Kasten’s works are produced in an “interdisciplinary performance” between photography, sculpture, architecture, and painting.

 

Since the 1970s, Barbara Kasten has been constructing expansive installations made of architectural “props” such as glass, mirrors, or wood constructions in front of the camera for her abstract “photographs.” These theatrical arrangementsare restaged with colored light, an approach going back to Barbara Kasten’s roots as a painter and sculptor.

 

During her sojourn in Germany in the 1960s, she intensively engaged with the Bauhaus and modernism’s notions of space, stage, and architecture. While living in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, the “Light and Space Movement” had an influence on her subsequent work. Barbara Kasten’s cross-genre practice, her continued use of analogue photographic materials and her “pre-digital vision” heralding the digital image vocabulary of Photoshop or 3D-rendering influenced a new generation of contemporary artists.

Barbara Kasten: Parallels I, 2017

Barbara Kasten: Composition7 D7 E7 T, 2017

Barbara Kasten: Composition1 T 1 E, 2017

Barbara Kasten

Space as a stage of a changing reality is the central motif of Barbara Kasten’s photographs and film installations. Barbara Kasten’s works are produced in an “interdisciplinary performance” between photography, sculpture, architecture, and painting.

 

Since the 1970s, Barbara Kasten has been constructing expansive installations made of architectural “props” such as glass, mirrors, or wood constructions in front of the camera for her abstract “photographs.” These theatrical arrangementsare restaged with colored light, an approach going back to Barbara Kasten’s roots as a painter and sculptor.

 

During her sojourn in Germany in the 1960s, she intensively engaged with the Bauhaus and modernism’s notions of space, stage, and architecture. While living in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, the “Light and Space Movement” had an influence on her subsequent work. Barbara Kasten’s cross-genre practice, her continued use of analogue photographic materials and her “pre-digital vision” heralding the digital image vocabulary of Photoshop or 3D-rendering influenced a new generation of contemporary artists.