Cara Barer: New Work

89 Water Street

Central to Barer’s artistic practice, is the manipulation and transformation of abandoned and obsolete books. Through a labor-intensive process of coiling, crumpling, intervention with paint, ink and pencil; the artist shapes and molds literary artifacts, prior to their final presentation as stunning, large-scale photographs.

“The worst disaster that Houston has ever experienced came in the form of Hurricane Harvey in the fall of 2017. … I was offered two books of a very personal nature from friends that lost their entire home. I took them in the hope that I could make something meaningful and beautiful from the remains of a disaster. After the Flood and Palimpsest are the two images that I created from the remnants of those books”. — Cara Barer

More recently, Barer has experimented with constructing her own handmade artist books, made from a variety of accumulated materials—maps, security envelopes, mail order catalog images. This new direction in her practice has now progressed to incorporate the binding of her own travel photographs, made whilst on extensive travels abroad. These highly personal books, are subsequently metamorphosed into her signature staged photographs.

About the Artist

Cara Barer (b. 1956) has been shown in numerous exhibitions in the US and internationally. Her artwork is featured in Art Made From Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed (Chronicle Books, 2013). Collections holding her work include Trump Hollywood, VISA, UCLA Special Collections, Danielle Steel, Bloomingdales, Lehigh University, Nordstrom’s Nationwide, Wells Fargo Bank and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Cara Barer lives and works in Houston.

About Klompching Gallery

Klompching Gallery was established in Dumbo, Brooklyn in September 2007. Owned and operated by Debra Klomp Ching and Darren Ching, the gallery quickly established itself as a gallery with an extraordinary roster of artists from which to purchase some of the best examples of contemporary photography—with exhibition reviews in publications such as The New Yorker, Art Review, Modern Painters, New York magazine and the Wall Street Journal, as well as numerous notable cultural websites.

Since its inception, the gallery has earned a solid reputation for providing informed guidance on the acquisition of contemporary fine art photography.

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