when light (darkness) becomes us....
"challenging and experimenting with elements of transparency, color, light and structure."

- barbara kasten

, an exhibition of photographs by Barbara Kasten. Barbara Kasten’s newest series of abstract photographs records the consequential traces of light upon large-scale assemblages composed for the camera. Instead of using photography as record or reference, the physical object, which is the transparent Plexiglas plane, becomes immaterial. Light and shadow becomes the subject.

The work in this exhibition also includes works from the 1970s - unique cyanotypes, Polaroid’s, and drawings on photographic paper. Through various photographic processes investigated over the last four decades Kasten continues to show a remarkable consistency of interest in challenging and experimenting with elements of transparency, color, light and structure. As one of the preeminent photographers working today, Kasten continues to affect a recent generation in the exploration of the foundations of photography. Kasten’s own interest in light developed out of the conceptual concerns of painting, sculpture and installation influenced by early exposure to the work of artists Robert Irwin and James Turrell.

Barbara Kasten, Ineluctable, 9 September - 15 October 2011
Tony Wight Gallery 845 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago IL USA 60607