Remix—Barbara Kasten w/ Lucky Dragons
March 12 – May 31, 2011
Opening Reception: Friday, March 11, 6-8pm
Hours: Every following Friday and Saturday, 1-5pm and by appointment
845 West Washington Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60607
Barbara Kasten is one of the preeminent photographers working today, a precursor to the recent generation of artists photographing staged environments such as Eileen Quinlan and Sara VanDerBeek. For the past 30 years, Kasten has created elaborate constructions, which she then photographs and dismantles. These constructions have varied from large-scale studio set-ups to on-site architectural interventions. The installation at Applied Arts can be seen as a point of convergence, where altered recordings of her studio constructs are thrown against the space’s architecture. Here, Kasten’s photographic interests are expanded with time and motion. The footage in REMIX is essentially just that—a remix. Kasten edits her initial footage and re-shoots the altered footage as she projects it back into the studio. As her interpretation transmits light into new media, the subject begins to turn unrecognizable. Remixes of four sound pieces by Lucky Dragons will accompany the installation.
Barbara Kasten lives and works in Chicago. Her recent exhibitions include Almine Rech in Paris; Carl Freedman Gallery in London; Kadel Wilborn in Karlsruhe, Germany; Ballroom Marfa in Marfa, Texas; Aperture in New York; to name but a few.
Lucky Dragons means any project by Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara. Their work has been presented at the 2008 Whitney Biennial in New York; The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and MOCA Los Angeles, among many others.