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James Casebere: Scales and Dimensions

Friday, September 19, 2014

John Hartell Gallery, Sibley Dome and Olive Tjaden Gallery, Tjaden Hall

Scales and Dimensions presents a broad interdisciplinary practice joining art and architecture. Rarely does artist James Casebere reveal the scale models that contribute to the "work," defined as the photograph. This exhibition is uniquely organized to engage viewers in the creative process behind the work. The show reveals the artistry of how modeling is handled in the creation of an image conceptualized from specific vantage points.

John Hartell Gallery will feature Casebere's recent work, mostly from the Landscape with Houses (Dutchess County) series featuring several very large framed photographs and, unusually, a display of the corresponding scale models that were used to create the photographs. Olive Tjaden Gallery will exhibit highlights of other projects, including pieces from his Vaulted Corridor, Tunnel, Hallway, and Spanish Bath series.

Casebere's pioneering work has established him at the forefront of artists working with constructed photography. His work was associated with the Pictures Generation of Post-Modern artists who emerged in the 1980s, which included Cindy Sherman, Robert Longo, Laurie Simmons, Richard Prince, Matt Mullican, James Welling, Barbara Kruger, and others. For the last 30 years Casebere has devised increasingly complex models and photographed them in his studio. Based solidly on an understanding of architecture as well as art historical and cinematic sources, Casebere's abandoned spaces are hauntingly evocative. His table-sized constructions are made of simple materials, pared down to essential forms.

Curated by Mark Morris and James Casebere.

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