Barbara Astman

Then and Now II

October 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016

hemingway, Barbara Astman, 2006
greenface, Barbara Astman, 2006
danger, Barbara Astman, 2006
gasoline, Barbara Astman, 2006
crashcrunch, Barbara Astman, 2006
jackblack, Barbara Astman, 2006
seeItnow, Barbara Astman, 2006
The Newspaper Series, Barbara Astman, 2006
Monster, Barbara Astman, 2006
Monster, Barbara Astman, 2006
I as artifact #4, Barbara Astman, 2008-2014
Dancing with Che #9, Barbara Astman, 2002
Dancing with Che #10, Barbara Astman, 2002
Dancing with Che #1, Barbara Astman, 2002
Dancing with Che #22, Barbara Astman, 2002
Dancing with Che, Barbara Astman, 2002
Study for Seeing and Being Seen E01, Barbara Astman, 1994
Seeing and Being Seen #5, Barbara Astman, 1995
Seeing and Being Seen #1, Barbara Astman, 1995
Seeing and Being Seen #10, Barbara Astman, 1995
Seeing and Being Seen #10, Barbara Astman, 1995
Daily Collage #52, Barbara Astman, 2011
Daily Collage #32, Barbara Astman, 2011
Daily Collage #30, Barbara Astman, 2011
Daily Collage #1, Barbara Astman, 2011
Daily Collage #3, Barbara Astman, 2011
Daily Collage #46, Barbara Astman, 2011
Daily Collage #8, Barbara Astman, 2011
Daily Collage #47, Barbara Astman, 2011
Daily Collage #41, Barbara Astman, 2011
Daily Collage, Barbara Astman, 2011
Untitled (Dear Sandra), Thinking About You…, Barbara Astman, 1979
untitled (hammer and trowel), Red, Barbara Astman, 1981
Seeing and Being Seen #3R, Barbara Astman, 1995
Untitled #6, Barbara Astman
Untitled, Barbara Astman
Untitled, Barbara Astman
Self Portrait, Barbara Astman
Clementine I, Barbara Astman, 2005
It's All About Style No 10, Barbara Astman, 2013
untitled #5, Barbara Astman, 1990
Scenes from a Movie for One, Untitled #1, Barbara Astman, 1997
Scenes from a Movie for One, Untitled #3, Barbara Astman, 1997
Scenes from a Movie for One, Untitled #2, Barbara Astman, 1997
Scenes from a Movie for One, Untitled #4, Barbara Astman, 1997
Scenes from a Movie for One, Untitled #5, Barbara Astman, 1997
Thirty-Two Frames, Scenes for a Movie for One, Barbara Astman, 1997
Plastic Flowers - Corsage in white and purple and green #4, Barbara Astman, 1977
Wonderland #25, Barbara Astman, 2008
Doll Piece, Barbara Astman, 1973
Clementine IV, Barbara Astman, 2005

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.