Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Arnaud, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Bruce, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Dave, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear David, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Gray, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Harvey, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Henry, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Ira, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Jared, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear John, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Karl, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Karyn, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Patty, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Ralph, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Sandra, 1978

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Astman, Barbara

I Was Thinking About You, Dear Sheila, 1978

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Barbara Astman

Untitled, I was thinking about you… Series, 1979 -1980

 

In Untitled, I was thinking about you…, Astman used herself as the model, typing spontaneous letters to friends directly over her own image. Assuming a simple, frontal pose, her figure resembles a fragment of ancient statuary. Astman’s stance creates a vague sense of longing; while the composition fits and fills the square purposefully. Without the eyes showing, it removes the emphasis on herself as a subject. The text is triggered by remembrances of each of her friends. Starting as photographs, the works explode to the scale of life size images.

 

Here the image and text are fused, becoming philosophical narrations expressed through this conflation. It is impossible to reach the figure without penetrating the text. Likewise, to decipher the narrative without being conscious of the figure is equally difficult. The dialogue is about nearness and inaccessibility, existing between the present and memory…and left unresolved.