Cara Barer

Cara Barer is an internationally-recognized established American photographer known for her abstract compositions of books and print material.

In her experimentation with curling irons, clothes pins and water, Barer transforms volumes of irrelevant and outdated information into coiled, crumpled objects of beauty. By photographing each object as the last step in her creative intervention, Barer affords a second life to the cast-off books and paper she re-reinterprets. Fanciful and symbolic, Barer’s photographs allude to the status of the book in the contemporary digital age, while offering an open narrative for each viewer to contemplate through her abstract compositions. In Barer’s latest work, the artist’s own creations – books bound with sheet music, wallpaper, and pictures from her travels – are captured after being transformed into magnificent abstract compositions.

Cara Barer has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the US and Canada since 1994. Her work has been featured extensively in such publications as New York Magazine, The Washington Post, Harper’s Magazine, The Boston Globe and The New Yorker; and can be found in the collections of Bloomingdale’s, Saks, Lehigh University, Nordstrom, United States Embassy, Kyiv, Ukraine, VISA and Wells Fargo Bank and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Barer lives and works out of Houston, Texas.

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Cara Barer - Blue Labyrinth - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Sky and Prairie - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Web - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Apollo - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Butterfly II - 24x24 in., Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Empress - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Fashion - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Pink Butterfly - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - 1966 - SOLD OUT, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
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Cara Barer - Psychedelic - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Rainbow - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Tie Dye - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Lilac - 24x24 in., Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Sunset - 24x24 in., Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Shooter's Bible - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Heart - 24 X 24 in., Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Wilderness - available in 2 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Bridge of Weir - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Fuchsia - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Iceberg - available in 2 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - The Pathfinder - available in 2 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Stargazer - available in 2 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Apropos - 24x60 in., Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - None of the Above - 18x50 in., Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Blue Butterfly - 40x40 in., Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Dream Tree - SOLD OUT, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
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Cara Barer - Blue Rose - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - 66 Degrees North - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Angel Food - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Blue Fish - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Cosmic - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Mighty - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - White Glider - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Stacks #2 - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Past and Future - 40x40 in., Archival Pigment Print Face-Mounted to Plexiglass, Back-Mounted to Hidden Aluminum Channel,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Fairy Tale - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - All The Names - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Corset (Rorschach) - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Orb - available in 2 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Cendrillon - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - PDR #1 - 24x24 in., Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - PDR #2 - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Roget's - 24x24 in., Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Bundle - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Engraved - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Anthology - 36x36 in., Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - First Edition - available in 3 sizes, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Journey to Zaragoza - SOLD OUT, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
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