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James Casebere

Born 1953 in East Lansing, Michigan
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

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.

Read about the artist

"Artist's website":

"Art in Review; James Casebere":
--_New York Times_ (June 2007)

"Portfolio: James Casebere":
--_Artforum_ (March 2002; via

"An Artist's Novel Take on History: He Lets the Walls Talk":,%20Vito
--_New York Times_ (May 2001)

"James Casebere":
--_Bomb_ (Fall 2001)

"Review: James Casebere at Lisson Gallery":
--_Frieze_ (May 2000)