Barbara Astman

Then and Now II

October 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

Astman, Barbara

greenface, 2006

archival pigment prints, from stitched photographs

17 x 114 in.

Astman, Barbara
hemingway, 2006
archival pigment prints, from stitched photographs
17 x 114 in.

Astman, Barbara

danger, 2006

archival pigment prints, from stitched photographs

17 x 114 in.

Astman, Barbara
crashcrunch, 2006
archival pigment prints, from stitched photographs
17 x 114 in.
 

Astman, Barbara
gasoline, 2006
archival pigment prints, from stitched photographs
17 x 114 in.

Astman, Barbara
jackblack, 2006
archival pigment prints, from stitched photographs
17 x 114 in.

Astman, Barbara
seeItnow, 2006
archival pigment prints, from stitched photographs
17 x 114 in.

Astman, Barbara

The Newspaper Series, 2006

archival pigment prints, from stitched photographs installation measures, 135 x 114 in.

each strip, 17 x 114 in.

Astman, Barbara
Monster, 2006
The Newspaper Series
archival pigment print assemblage of seven strips, stitched together from original photographs
40 x 76 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Monster, 2006

The Newspaper Series

archival pigment print assemblage of seven strips, stitched together from original photographs

40 x 76 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

I as artifact #4, 2008-2014

archival pigment print, organic face mask, pressed

36 x 36 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Dancing with Che #9, 2002

archival pigment print

35 1/2 x 35 in.

Astman, Barbara
Dancing with Che #10, 2002
archival pigment print
35 1/2 x 35 in.

Astman, Barbara
Dancing with Che #1, 2002
archival pigment print
35 1/2 x 35 in.

Astman, Barbara
Dancing with Che #22, 2002
archival pigment print
35 1/2 x 35 in.

Astman, Barbara

Dancing with Che, 2002

as installed: 9, 10, 1, 22

archival pigment print

35 1/2 x 35 in.

Astman, Barbara

Study for Seeing and Being Seen E01, 1994

Seeing and Being Seen

transfer print on artist paper

11 x 15 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Seeing and Being Seen #5, 1995

Polaroid Spectra film print

16 x 13 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Seeing and Being Seen #1, 1995

Polaroid Spectra film print, unique

16 x 13 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Seeing and Being Seen #10, 1995

Polaroid Spectra film print, unique

16 x 13 in., unique

Astman, Barbara
Seeing and Being Seen #10, 1995
Polaroid Spectra film print
16 x 13 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Daily Collage #52, 2011

archival pigment prints, from original collages

35 x 44 in. each, unique

Astman, Barbara
Daily Collage #32, 2011
archival pigment prints, from original collages
35 x 44 in. each, unique

Astman, Barbara
Daily Collage #30, 2011
archival pigment prints, from original collages
35 x 44 in. each, unique

Astman, Barbara
Daily Collage #1, 2011
archival pigment prints, from original collages
35 x 44 in. each, unique

Astman, Barbara
Daily Collage #3, 2011
archival pigment prints, from original collages
35 x 44 in. each, unique

Astman, Barbara
Daily Collage #46, 2011
archival pigment prints, from original collages
35 x 44 in. each, unique

Astman, Barbara
Daily Collage #8, 2011
archival pigment prints, from original collages
35 x 44 in. each, unique

Astman, Barbara
Daily Collage #47, 2011
archival pigment prints, from original collages
35 x 44 in. each, unique

Astman, Barbara
Daily Collage #41, 2011
archival pigment prints, from original collages
35 x 44 in. each, unique

Astman, Barbara

Daily Collage, 2011

archival pigment prints, from original collages installation measures,

108 x 135.5 in.

Astman, Barbara

Untitled (Dear Sandra), Thinking About You…,1979

ektacolour mural

59 1/4 x 49 in.

Astman, Barbara

untitled (hammer and trowel), Red, 1981

ektcolour print

48 x 47 in.

Astman, Barbara
Seeing and Being Seen #3R, 1995
transfer print on artist paper, AP
15 1/4 x 22 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Untitled #6

All original Polaroids with type

13 ¾ x 11 in., unique

Astman, Barbara
Untitled
All original Polaroids with type
13 ¾ x 11 in., unique

Astman, Barbara
Untitled
All original Polaroids with type
13 ¾ x 11 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Self Portrait

All original Polaroids with type

13 ¾ x 11 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Clementine I, 2005

festive lights, digital transparencies, clear pushpins

Astman, Barbara

It's All About Style No 10, 2013

media images with tape, reverse transfer

23 3/4 x 31 1/2 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

untitled #5, 1990

Stone

silver prints with flowers, earth, vegetation, and encaustic on masonite

49 x 49 in.

Astman, Barbara
Scenes from a Movie for One, Untitled #1, 1997
ektacolour prints from original polaroids, altered
20 x 24 in.

Astman, Barbara
Scenes from a Movie for One, Untitled #3, 1997
ektacolour prints from original polaroids, altered
20 x 24 in.

Astman, Barbara
Scenes from a Movie for One, Untitled #2, 1997
ektacolour prints from original polaroids, altered
20 x 24 in.

Astman, Barbara
Scenes from a Movie for One, Untitled #4, 1997
ektacolour prints from original polaroids, altered
20 x 24 in.

Astman, Barbara
Scenes from a Movie for One, Untitled #5, 1997
ektacolour prints from original polaroids, altered
20 x 24 in.

Astman, Barbara

Thirty-Two Frames, Scenes for a Movie for One, 1997

32 transfer prints from original polaroids, watercolour paper

34 1/4 x 48 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Plastic Flowers - Corsage in white and purple and green #4, 1977

Colour Xerox, transfer image to Stonehenge paper

24 3/4 x 38 in., unique

Astman, Barbara
Wonderland #25, 2008
archival pigment print, from individual colour photographs
45 x 45 in., unique

Astman, Barbara

Doll Piece, 1973

paper doll foldout figures, laminated stitched, with plexi stand

11 1/4 x 33 1/2 in.

Astman, Barbara

Clementine IV, 2005

300 manufactured cloth bags with photos on front, and negatives on back

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 hand-made, 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.