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In her experimentation with curling irons, clothes pins and water, Barer transforms volumes of irrelevant and outdated information into coiled, crumpled objects of beauty.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 - Pink Butterfly, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - 1966, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
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Cara Barer - Psychedelic, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Rainbow, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Tie Dye, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Lilac, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Sunset, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Shooter's Bible, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Heart, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Wilderness, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Bridge of Weir, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Fuschia, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Iceberg, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - The Pathfinder, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Stargazer, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Apropos, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - None of the Above, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Blue Butterfly, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Dream Tree, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
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Cara Barer - Blue Rose, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - 66 Degrees North, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Angel Food, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Blue Fish, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Cosmic, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Mighty, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - White Glider, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in White with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Stacks #2, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Past and Future, Archival Pigment Print Face-Mounted to Plexiglass, Back-Mounted to Hidden Aluminum Channel,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Fairy Tale, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - All The Names, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Corset (Rorschach), Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
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Cara Barer - Orb, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Cendrillon, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - PDR #1, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - PDR #2, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Roget's, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Bundle, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Engraved, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Anthology, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - First Edition, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Journey to Zaragoza, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
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Cara Barer - Manhattan, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Sunflower, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Ocean, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Lamonica, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Flame, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Elegy, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
Cara Barer - Beach Read, Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Archival Substrate, Framed in Black with Plexiglass,  - Bau-Xi Gallery
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