Bortolami Gallery is pleased to present Constructs, Abrasions, Melons and Cucumbers, an exhibition of works by Barbara Kasten and Justin Beal. Though forty-two years apart in age, both artists are interested in challenging the potential of their chosen mediums; Kasten presents complex sculpture as photography; Beal incorporates sculptural elements into his paintings, as well as transforming natural objects into humorous constructs.
Throughout her career Kasten has continually pioneered experiments in photography and will exhibit works spanning from 1975 to 2012. The resulting images resemble Post-Modern Constructivist Art rejecting the documentary nature of photography and creating an illusion of three-dimensional space.
Justin Beal will exhibit new work that continues his subtle critique of modernist design and consumer culture. Juxtaposed with Kasten’s Studio Constructs and Photogenic Painting, both works reveals the artists’ varying aims to represent three-dimensionality by way of leaving a sculptural imprint.