Spotlight on Project 31: A live auction in support of OCAD U students.

Active community member and OCAD U Faculty, Barbara Astman is directing the auction proceeds from her work to the Photography Program Special Projects Fund.

Barbara Astman, It’s all about style #38, Mixed media on stonehenge paper 2014, 22” x 30” Courtesy of the artist and Corkin Gallery. Estimate: $5,000

Barbara Astman, It’s all about style #38, Mixed media on stonehenge paper 2014, 22” x 30”
Courtesy of the artist and Corkin Gallery. Estimate: $5,000

Barbara Astman’s fascination with newspapers and media is an ongoing obsession, but, with the It’s all about style series, Astman is exploring new approaches to producing artworks whose meaning and essence are partially revealed through the tactility of the materials from which they are made.

This shift to working primarily with non-traditional and lo-tech, handcrafted image making introduces a resourcefulness which also informs the concept.

Barbara is an OCAD U Alumni and Faculty since 1975. She is one of Canada’s most highly acclaimed artists whose work has received national and international recognition. She is represented by the Corkin Gallery in Toronto.

“I love photography for its tenuous relationship to reality. There’s a kind of realism there – whether it is reality or not, but it connects us to it. So even if I’m creating these strange installations with coffee mugs, and key chains, and all of that, there’s still this image, and this image then does connect you to reality” 

She is one of 46 donor artists for Project 31, OCAD University’s faculty art auction to support student programming.

 

Check out: This beautiful series of artists statements + photographs of Barbara captured by Photojournalist, Marta Iwanek, on Wonderer and this recent interview from The Artful City.

 

The live auction will happen:

Thursday, March 24, 2016
OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Reception & Silent Auction: 6 p.m., Live Auction: 7:30 p.m.

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