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
—New York Times (June 2007)
Portfolio: James Casebere
—Artforum (March 2002; via JamesCasebere.com)
An Artist’s Novel Take on History: He Lets the Walls Talk
—New York Times (May 2001)
—Bomb (Fall 2001)
Review: James Casebere at Lisson Gallery
—Frieze (May 2000)