Constructs 1981-1982

Constructs 1981-1982

Kasten has been photographing objects for forty years, capturing them in a way that simultaneously redefines the space they occupy and abandons reality completely. She has described her practice as “a specific personal photographic vision with the arrangement of non–representational objects as the source,” staging such materials as plexiglass, metal wiring, and mirrors. Kasten first came to photography in the mid-1970s by way of camera-less images—cyanotypes, photograms, and hybridized sculptures that allowed her to play with emulsion as paint and objects as stage props. The boxes and window-screening that sat atop her photosensitive paper became subjects themselves, which Kasten began to capture with her instantly gratifying Polaroid camera in 1979. She titled these early Polaroid photographs Constructs, making dozens of images and compositions through the late 1980s. At its core, Kasten’s work is concerned with the interplay of light, color, and geometry while challenging and manipulating her materials. Many of the components are staged in positions that rely on gravity to hold them together, lending them a sense of fragility and implying a mysterious existence. Kasten actively arranges each tableau; relocating lights, and physically moving in and around these constructions. Her work is theatrical: it is literally staged. The placement of these objects in space is a way of mark-making and the camera’s final output is a two-dimensional plane.

Constructs 1981-1982

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