SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL Featured Exhibition Looking: Then and Now by professor Barbara Astman


Event description for Barbara Astman's exhibition Looking: Then and Now

 
DateFriday, May 6, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 4:00am

Phone

416 979 1980

Email

info@corkingallery.com

Website

http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2016/featured-exhibition/corkin-gallery-looking-then-and-now

Location

Corkin Gallery 7 Tank House Lane, Toronto

PDF icon SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL Featured Exhibition Looking: Then and Now by tenured professor Barbara Astman

Barbara Astman pioneered the artistic use of both analogue and digital reproduction techniques. She is among the first to discover and explore technological practices and concepts—key signifiers in contemporary art. Merging technology with the handmade, Astman’s practice explores themes of glass ceilings, women’s issues, and how media informs current thinking.

Astman studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, a hotbed of artistic energy in the 1970s, and emigrated to Toronto during the Vietnam War. Looking: Then and Now explores the artist’s 40-year career of photo-based media innovation. Much of Astman’s work involves the use of objects, including household wares or store-bought novelty items. Imbuing these objects with memories and histories, she dematerializes the material and makes personal the impersonal, exploring the role objects play in forming personal and collective histories while commenting on consumer culture. Astman was one of the first to utilize the Polaroid in her art, treating the medium more like a malleable, three-dimensional material than a flat, two-dimensional surface. Her self-portraits have been carefully choreographed so that her image becomes removed from reality, a symbol of constructed memory. Then, in a process of scratching into, enlarging, Xeroxing, or printing over, the photograph is further removed from a document, becoming closer to an object itself.

 

 

DateFriday, May 6, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 4:00am

Phone

416 979 1980

Email

info@corkingallery.com

Website

http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2016/featured-exhibition/corkin-gallery-looking-then-and-now

Location

Corkin Gallery 7 Tank House Lane, Toronto

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Friday, May 6, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 4:00am

Barbara Astman pioneered the artistic use of both analogue and digital reproduction techniques. She is among the first to discover and explore technological practices and concepts—key signifiers in contemporary art. Merging technology with the handmade, Astman’s practice explores themes of glass ceilings, women’s issues, and how media informs current thinking.

Astman studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, a hotbed of artistic energy in the 1970s, and emigrated to Toronto during the Vietnam War. Looking: Then and Now explores the artist’s 40-year career of photo-based media innovation. Much of Astman’s work involves the use of objects, including household wares or store-bought novelty items. Imbuing these objects with memories and histories, she dematerializes the material and makes personal the impersonal, exploring the role objects play in forming personal and collective histories while commenting on consumer culture. Astman was one of the first to utilize the Polaroid in her art, treating the medium more like a malleable, three-dimensional material than a flat, two-dimensional surface. Her self-portraits have been carefully choreographed so that her image becomes removed from reality, a symbol of constructed memory. Then, in a process of scratching into, enlarging, Xeroxing, or printing over, the photograph is further removed from a document, becoming closer to an object itself.

 

 

Venue & Address: 
Corkin Gallery 7 Tank House Lane, Toronto
Website: 
http://scotiabankcontactphoto.com/2016/featured-exhibition/corkin-gallery-looking-then-and-now
Email: 
info@corkingallery.com
Phone: 
416 979 1980
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