Barbara Astman: It's All About Style


An exhibition of works by OCAD U photography instructor Barbara Astman

 
DateSaturday, January 25, 2014 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 5:00am

Cost

Free

Location

Corkin Gallery 7 Tank House Lane Toronto, Ontario

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

An exhibition of works by OCAD U photography instructor Barbara Astman

Barbara Astman continues to explore the world of news media. "The style section is printed with super glossy ink, making the images stand out and seduce the viewer," she says. By juxtaposing the alluring colours and textures in collage form, she draws attention to the tactility of these photos. The lo tech, handcrafted nature of her work introduces a resourcefulness into the artistic process, inspiring her to explore the meaning and essence of the images through the materials from which they are made. These collages do not attempt to create logical narratives nor do they attempt to comment on the news of the day. Instead, Astman playfully harnesses seemingly disparate visual material, whose only apparent commonality is their appearance in the “Style” section of a newspaper, to create juxtapositions which comment on the proliferation of hi-fi imagery in modern media. Like her recent bodies of work Daily Collage (2011) and Newspaper Series (2006-8), It’s All About Style deals with the overwhelming saturation of – and our collective obsession with – the images we encounter in our daily lives.

Barbara Astman
It’s All About Style, No. 8, 2013
collage
22 x 30 in.

DateSaturday, January 25, 2014 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 5:00am

Cost

Free

Website Location

Corkin Gallery 7 Tank House Lane Toronto, Ontario

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Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 5:00am

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 25, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

An exhibition of works by OCAD U photography instructor Barbara Astman

Barbara Astman continues to explore the world of news media. "The style section is printed with super glossy ink, making the images stand out and seduce the viewer," she says. By juxtaposing the alluring colours and textures in collage form, she draws attention to the tactility of these photos. The lo tech, handcrafted nature of her work introduces a resourcefulness into the artistic process, inspiring her to explore the meaning and essence of the images through the materials from which they are made. These collages do not attempt to create logical narratives nor do they attempt to comment on the news of the day. Instead, Astman playfully harnesses seemingly disparate visual material, whose only apparent commonality is their appearance in the “Style” section of a newspaper, to create juxtapositions which comment on the proliferation of hi-fi imagery in modern media. Like her recent bodies of work Daily Collage (2011) and Newspaper Series (2006-8), It’s All About Style deals with the overwhelming saturation of – and our collective obsession with – the images we encounter in our daily lives.

Barbara Astman
It’s All About Style, No. 8, 2013
collage
22 x 30 in.

Venue & Address: 
Corkin Gallery 7 Tank House Lane Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free
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