Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, 2006

installation at Corkin Gallery

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, audreyhepburn, 2006

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

17 x 114 in. ( 43.2 x 289.6 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, directbluebrush, 2006

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

17 x 114 in. ( 43.2 x 289.6 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, dysfunctionalfamily, 2006

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

17 x 114 in. ( 43.2 x 289.6 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series,furworks, 2006

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

17 x 114 in. ( 43.2 x 289.6 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series,jackblack, 2006

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

17 x 114 in. ( 43.2 x 289.6 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series,pinkhand, 2006

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

17 x 114 in. ( 43.2 x 289.6 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, redhead, 2006

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

17 x 114 in. ( 43.2 x 289.6 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, rollover, 2006

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

17 x 114 in. ( 43.2 x 289.6 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, yakuzathugs, 2007

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

26.3 x 45 in. (66.7 x 114.3 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, blackabby, 2007

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

26.3 x 45 in. (66.7 x 114.3 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, bluecomic, 2007

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

26.3 x 45 in. (66.7 x 114.3 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, esperanza, 2007

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

26.3 x 45 in. (66.7 x 114.3 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, furworks, 2007

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

26.3 x 45 in. (66.7 x 114.3 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, highstyle, 2007

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

26.3 x 45 in. (66.7 x 114.3 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, monster, 2007

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

26.3 x 45 in. (66.7 x 114.3 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Jewish, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Carry Grant, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Chretien, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 1, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 2, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 3, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 4, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 5, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 6, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 7, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 8, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 9, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 10, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Detail 11, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Fire, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Hair, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Hand, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Hockey, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Lamb, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Liz Taylor, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Pink Hand, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Prada, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Pretty Boy, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Shoes, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Sunglasses, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Tennis, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Tomatos, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Tut, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, Ydessa, 2011

digital newspaper collage on archival paper

13 x 19 in. (33 x 48 cm)

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, 2006

installation at Corkin Gallery

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, 2006

installation at Corkin Gallery

Barbara Astman

The Newspaper Series, 2006-2007

 

From 2006, The Newspaper Series reminds us of the ritual of reading the morning paper, a custom easily taken for granted.  At that time, Astman read several newspapers daily, collecting and stacking them 3ft high around the perimeter of the walls of her studio for an entire year. Newspapers for Astman were a place for discovery. By photographing them and digitally stitching them together, she created 52 unique strips, deliberately invoking the passing of one year.

 

In accumulating images representative of our media-obsessed culture, Astman mimics the daily and weekly cycles of news media, and in doing so she offers a reflection on our collective obsession with mass media and its underlying influence.  On closer examination, Astman highlighted stories of tragedy, scandal, political instability, and local frenzy. Her image plays on our fascination with media, as well as its contradictory aspects as a compromised vehicle of communication.

 

This conceptual project is about a year of media. Each strip can be hundreds of photographs digitally stitched together representing a week of papers. In stacking them 7ft high, the installation references the seven days in a week.

BARBARA ASTMAN creates photographic series that target the personal world through recollection or revelation. Her early work responds to contemporary issues by incorporating humor and stereotype. Her oversize photographs from the early 1980s are striking in their bold, unusual use of color and scale.

 

Throughout her career, Astman pioneered the artistic use of both analogue and digital reproduction techniques. She is among the first to discover and explore the technological practices and concepts that are key signifiers in contemporary art.

 

Born in Rochester NY, Astman studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the late 1960s when multimedia practices were the hotbed for artistic innovation. Astman came to Canada in 1970 during the wave of draft dodgers from the Vietnam War. Since the mid 1970s she has been a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.