Born in 1936 in Chicago, artist Barbara Kasten was trained in painting and textile design at the University of Arizona (BFA) and California College of Arts and Crafts (MA). After college she found inspiration in her art through capturing 3D models on a 2D plane. Kasten was influenced by the Bauhaus movement which strayed from the traditional theory of the need for a fine art art education and instead urged experimentation and intellectual approaches to problem solving.
In her Architectural Sites series, Kasten built enormous architectural models in her studio and used mirrors and colored light to capture the angles and movement of shadows and their reaction to various planes. What resulted is a stunning series of photographs that are truly captivating through their abstract principals and innovative approach to installation photography.
In 1986, I increased the size of my studio mirrors, fabrications and scale of my production process. The Architectural Site series were made on location with a single exposure and no digital intervention. One of the first photographers to utilize a professional cinematic lighting crew in a monumental production, I deconstructed the postmodern architecture of the 80’s with gels and on-site mirror constructions in overnight photo shoots.