Diptych I, 1983

Barbara Kasten’s photographs are based on carefully constructed installations, which she assembles in the studio by using ‘props’ like glass, mirrors, acrylic and metal parts, meticulously set up, solely for the camera. Kasten is influenced by Postmodern design and architecture as well as by Constructivism, particularly the works of Kazimir Malevich. Shaped by the California Light and Space Movement in the 1970s, Kasten, who was trained as a sculptor and painter, began to challenge preconceived notions of these disciplines by making use of the photographic medium.