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Gallery Talk: Jeanne Dunning, Barbara Kasten, and Jessica Labatte

Sun, Jul 14, 2013, 1–2 pm

Artists Jeanne Dunning, Barbara Kasten, and Jessica Labatte, whose work is featured in Think First, Shoot Later: Photography from the MCA Collection join Heidi Reitmaier, Beatrice C. Mayer Director of Education, in a conversation about their works and the exhibition’s themes.

Jeanne Dunning‘s photographic, sculptural, and video work explores our relationship to our own physicality, looking at the strange and unfamiliar in the body, gender, ideas about normalcy, and, most recently, death. Her work has been shown extensively throughout the United States and Europe since the mid-1980s. It has been included in major group exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial, the Sydney Biennale, and the Venice Biennale. She has had one person shows at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Konstmuseet in Malmö, Sweden, the Wattis Institute in San Fransisco, and the Berkeley Art Museum, as well as at numerous commercial and not-for-profit galleries throughout the world.

Since the early 1970s, Barbara Kasten has created geometric abstractions by photographing sculptural installations made out of materials such as glass, mirror, metal, and paper. Enlivened by direct and refracted light, these inventive photographs function as both 2D images, as well as records of 3D constructions. They pre-date and speak to the work of many younger artists working today. Kasten received her BFA in Painting from the University of Arizona in Tucson and her MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland. Kasten’s work is in the collections of MoMA (New York), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, MCA Chicago, J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Tate Modern, London.

Jessica Labatte‘s photographic work is an investigation in the capabilities of space within a two-dimensional frame. Her work contains both sculptural and painterly nuances but, for the artist, the work is always conceived as a photograph. Labatte experiments with large format analog processing techniques, which can give the illusion of digital effects. However, her prints have had no digital manipulation; this is a keystone of her artistic practice. She works with an intuitive nature by piling or collaging found materials within her studio to be photographed. Her most recent images are more abstract than her previous body of work, calling closer attention to the delicate color relationships and the juxtaposition of shapes within every image. Labatte lives and works in Chicago, and received both an MFA and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.