Cara Barer, "Dahlia," 2014, archival pigment print, 50” x 50”.
Cara Barer’s work is a real page-turner. Using old books for her latest series, Origins, she revisions them as organic objects, manipulating them by curling their pages and dying them so they evoke flowers in bloom or butterflies in flight. She then photographs each piece, creating a record of what she calls “that book and its half-life” and raising questions about digital ephemera displacing physical objects. “I arrive at some of my images by chance and others through experimentation,” says Barer, who is based in Texas. “Without these two elements, my work would not flow easily from one idea to the next.”
April 16 to April 30, 2015 at the Bau-Xi Gallery in Vancouver.