Los Angeles

James Casebere


James Casebere constructs and photographs scenes which call to mind childhood’s shadowy visions. He builds miniature tableaux from paper, fiberboard, plaster, and white paint, then lights and photographs them, eventually presenting the photos, blown-up and framed, in lightboxes. This is all we see: not the models themselves but photographic images at least twice removed from the artist’s original constructions. The work seems to have everything to do with the shaping of memory, its vulnerability to manipulation after the fact, and the relationship between photography, nostalgia, and reality. The lightboxes comment on the way emotionality can tint perception, causing some objects in an observed scene to recede, others to loom large; here, the artist has chosen for us which of the items we see will shrink and which will grow. These stark, dreamy scenes, devoid of color and human figures,

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