CARA BARER


www.asgallery.com

Donated by Andrea Schwartz Gallery

Psychedelic

Archival Digital Photograph in White Wood Molding Frame

24” x 24”

Edition: 1/9

Retail Value: $2,200

Minimum Bid: $775

Signed

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I transform books into art by sculpting them, dyeing them, and then through the medium of photography presenting them anew as objects of beauty. I create the record of that book and its half-life.

Books, physical objects and repositories of information, are being displaced by zeros and ones in a digital universe with no physicality. Through my art, I document this and raise questions about the fragile and ephemeral nature of books and their future.

I arrive at some of my images by chance and others through experimentation. Without these two elements, my work would not flow easily from one idea to the next. A random encounter on Drew Street with a Houston Yellow Pages was the primary inspiration for me. After that chance meeting, I began to search for more books, and more ways to recreate them.

I realized I owned many books that were no longer of use to me, or for that matter, anyone else. Would I ever need a “Windows 95 Manual”? After soaking it in the bathtub for a few hours, it had a new shape and purpose. Half-Price Books became a regular haunt, and an abandoned house yielded a set of outdated reference books, complete with mold and neglect. Each book tells me how to begin according to its size, type of paper and sometimes contents.

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