Maria Kastan’s work shows a strong visual relationship between paintings, drawings and sculpture. The female figure is at all times the catalyst to these conceptual worlds. These female figures are never seen in “whole” form. Intentionally the figure remains the symbol for growth, and the realization that the whole female person can never fully be seen at any one given time. There is a mystery in this human complexity.
Building conceptual worlds around the female figure, with each piece she looks to explore a variety of materials from traditional--oil paint, pencil—to found or everyday objects—toothpicks, nails, pine needles, work gloves, duct tape, ink. Always with a focus on finding the relationship on a physical level—hard, soft, man made or natural—these elements expand that material relationship into a conceptual surround. Her paintings, drawings, and mixed media objects reveal movements with changeable or impermanent elements such as bubbles, water, umbrellas, heat or air. Maria Hartmann Kastan has a studio in New York. Her work is in many private collections in the US and abroad, in the local public collection of Brooklyn College, CUNY as well as internationally in Italy at the MIDAC Contemporary Art Center.
Maria Kastan introduces "Jello Shot". Maria describes Jello Shot as interactive sculpture play. An installation where visitors can playfully engage the sculptural piece using a catapult. Maria looks to use recognizable materials--in this case clear packing tape--to re-introduce everyday materials that can be found in most of our homes. Past sculptures have included paperclips, nails, and even plumbing supplies! Jello Shot will be exhibited in collaboration with musician-composer Brian Kastan who will create short dynamic "sound tracks" every time the catapult is used by a participant. This installation will only be interactive during the light hours. After dark, the sculpture will be on view.