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Since the 1980s, James Casebere’s photographs have transported viewers into ambiguous, evocative, and surreal environments. Casebere’s process involves constructing tabletop models out of modest materi¬als, such as Styrofoam, plaster, and cardboard. He then dramatically lights these constructions and care¬fully positions his camera to manipulate the com¬position and the mood of the resulting photograph. Devoid of human figures, the constructions invite viewers to project into and inhabit the space.
For Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County, NY) #1 and Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County, NY) #2, Casebere constructed his grandest, most detailed model to date—an American subdivision based on one in Dutchess County, New York. The fabricated community is a hybrid development of the sort hit hard by the foreclosure epidemic of the past few years.
"Art in Review; James Casebere":http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=980CEFDA1F30F93BA35755C0A9619C8B63
--_New York Times_ (June 2007)
"Portfolio: James Casebere":http://jamescasebere.com/press-pdf/Frankel-ArtForum-Mar2002.pdf
--_Artforum_ (March 2002; via JamesCasebere.com)
"An Artist's Novel Take on History: He Lets the Walls Talk":http://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/28/arts/an-artist-s-novel-take-on-history-he-lets-the-walls-talk.html?n=Top/Reference/Times%20Topics/People/A/Acconci,%20Vito
--_New York Times_ (May 2001)
--_Bomb_ (Fall 2001)
"Review: James Casebere at Lisson Gallery":http://www.frieze.com/issue/review/james_casebere/
--_Frieze_ (May 2000)